MILITANTS ATTACK SHIP FACILITY IN AKWA IBOM, DEMAND N20 MILLION
Militants on Monday attacked the Norfin Ship Yard, a privately owned shipbuilding facility in Akwa Ibom.
Eons Intelligence gathered that the militants arrived at the Norfin Ship Yard located at the boundary shoreline of Urok Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom on gunboats between 5 am to 10 am on Monday.
Sources say the attackers shot sporadically to disperse the staff and used petrol bombs to destroy a dredger and a generator.
Images from the scene of the incident.
Iniekong Udonwa, the chairman of the facility while lamenting the damage done to his business, disclosed that the militants had earlier demanded settlement.
"They keep telling our staff to the Government of Akwa Ibom to reach out to them since they are in charge of both Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
Where do they expect me to get N20 million for them after destroying our machine worth N60 million?" Udonwa said.
The Chairman said the attack on his facility is making him strongly consider moving his Investment elsewhere.
Udonwa has appealed to the State and Federal Government to intervene to prevent another attack adding that the Shipyard has employed over 100 employees with four from neighbouring villages.
Governor Udom Emmanuel has shifted the inauguration of the Shipyard from January 23 to January 30 following the attack.