PORT HARCOURT — A combined security team of anti-piracy and illegal bunkering in Rivers State has apprehended six teenagers for alleged piracy, illegal bunkering and kidnap activities in the state.
The joint team, comprising the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy, the Police, SSS and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, paraded the suspects, four boys and two girls, before the press yesterday at the NNS Pathfinder, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt.
Commanding Officer, NNS Pathfinder, Commodore O. V. Fadeyi, said the latest arrest was sequel to the arrest of seven pirates by the Nigerian Navy a week ago.
He said the suspects provided useful information that led to the crackdown in a nine-hour operation at Ke and Pero-Kparakama communities in Degema locality of Rivers State where the Joint Taskforce (JTF) also held eight suspects a few days ago.
Items recovered from the paraded suspects include four AK 47, I FN rifle, a pistol, 212 rounds of 7.62 ammunitions, four Nokia phones, a file of documents, eight machetes and N530,000.00 cash.
“Additionally, 51 illegal refineries and four Cotonou boats were destroyed during the operations,” Commodore Fadeyi said. The suspects were later handed over to CSP Francis Gbowen, who said they would be charged to court immediately.