Navy urges DSS to hunt sea pirate network in Rivers

December 6, 2017

– Following the sophistication of their network, the Nigerian Navy urged the DSS to go after sea pirates in Rivers

– Nigerian Navy made this known during the handing over of five suspected sea pirates to DSS operatives on Wednesday, December 6

– The suspects are accused of terrorising costal waterways in Rivers and environs

The Nigerian Navy has called on the Department of State Security (DSS) to go after the sponsors of notorious sea pirate network believed to be terrorising costal waterways in Rivers and environs.

Capt Victor Choji, the executive officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt made the call when he handed over five suspected sea pirates to DSS operatives on Wednesday.

He said aside piracy, the suspects allegedly carried out several kidnappings and robbed vessels as well as innocent commuters and their valuables in the maritime domain of Rivers.

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“The suspects were arrested at various times between Oct. 31, and Nov. 12, following credible intelligence on their involvement in armed robbery at sea, kidnapping and piracy.

“The suspects have availed us with sufficient information to the extent of their illegal activities within the maritime space of Rivers state.

“So, we are handing them over to the DSS, so that they can unravel the extent of this network and to also uncover their collaborators and sponsors.

“We believe that if this is done, then we can nip it (crime) in the bud once and for all, thus bringing peace within the maritime space of Rivers state,” he said.

Choji said the navy had observed that whenever troops destroy illegal refineries and bunkering sites, perpetrators often times mutate to piracy, kidnapping and sea robbery.

He said the trend was particularly worrisome to the navy but assured that strategic measures had been put in place to tackle the ugly development.

According to him, the navy has succeeded in reducing illegal bunkering and oil theft to its barest minimum, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state.

“But, what we are seeing now is actually a mutation of this other crimes to kidnapping and piracy and the likes.

“However, we have re-strategised, and as such confident that within the shortest times that these crimes at sea would be brought to the barest minimum as well.

“This will ensure that we have safety and security within the maritime environment for lawful activities to take place,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, had reported that the Nigerian Navy announced details of its aptitude test for the Direct Short Service Course 25 Enlistment Exercise.

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This was contained in a statement signed by Navy Captain Suleman Dahun, who is the acting director of information on Tuesday, November 28.

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