Officers of the Nigerian Navy have arrested four suspected pirates and destroyed their militant camps.
Punch reports that the operation was carried out by the Chief of Naval Staff Team, men of the Nigerian Naval Ship Soroh, Yenagoa, and the Forward Operation Base, Formoso, Brass, during an operation tagged, ‘Exercise Eagle Eye.’
During one of the operations reportedly carried out at about 2am on Friday, November 2, four suspected pirates notorious for terrorising traders and residents of the riverine areas in the state, were arrested.
Punch reports that the suspects were paraded at the jetty of the FOB Formoso and confessed to attacking traders and residents of the Brass area of the state and its environs.
The suspects identified as Lucky Abraham, Enatimi Peter, Gift Monday and Felix Nathan, also confessed to working at the behest of one militant identified simply as Thomas.
According to the reports, the pirates have been terrorising the waterways prior to their arrest.
Weapons recovered from the suspects include one pump-action rifle, one AK 47 rifle, walkie talkie and 115 horsepower outboard engine.
The suspects were reportedly apprehended following a tip-off at Masunkiri which is some kilometres away from FOB Formoso, in the Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
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The Commander, NNS, Soroh, who led the CNS team in the state, Commodore Habib Usman, while explaining the exercise, said that it was the annual sea inspection operation by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas.
Usman said, “The exercise is part of the Chief of Naval Staff annual event. It started on December 1. The first phase was the riverine operations involving Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.’’
He added that the exercise was aimed at enhancing maritime security in Nigerian territorial waters.