Off-season election: Nigerian Navy raids suspected sea robbers’ camp in Southern Ijaw, recover arms cache

The Nigerian Navy on Sunday said its Naval Ship, NNS Soroh as part of its determination to curb its Area of Operation of illegal weapons before, during and after the off-cycle gubernatorial election on Friday 10 November 2023 by 2 am, raided a suspected sea robbers hideout.

The base acting on credible information, swiftly deployed her anti-sea robbery patrol team from one of its Naval Security Station (NSS 030) which is at Foropa community in southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

A statement by Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan said, “On sighting the Nigerian Navy Patrol team gunboat the suspected sea robbers fled into the bushes.

“During the raid in Southern Ijaw, NNS Soroh special anti-sea robbery team further cordoned and searched the area and recovered, one general purpose machine gun (GPMG) with 100 links, 2 AK 47 rifles, one locally made long gun, 2 Tavor magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62 (NATO), 2 Cartridge rounds of pump action gun.

“Additionally, other recovered items include 2 200HP Yamaha Engine, 5 Baofeng Radio, a Small Techno Android phone, one GPS phone and 3x small techno phones as well as assorted camouflage uniforms.

“The camp was subsequently deactivated to deny the criminals any shelter within the vicinity.

“The efforts of NNS Soroh, their resilience and dedication to duty led to the success of the raid operation.

“Accordingly the Nigerian Navy under the able leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla will continue to conduct such sting operations to resist and arrest criminals desperate to undermine the democratic process, disrupt public peace or breach the hard-earned Maritime Security during and after the off-cycle election period.

“The Service will continue to cooperate with stakeholders to achieve a peaceful Maritime environment critical for legitimate business by law-abiding citizens towards the national economic development and prosperity.

The statement reiterated that Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Soroh at Naval Base, Yenagoa will continue its effort to rid its Area of Operation of criminality, illegalities and illegally possessed weapons and has sustained operations and aggressive patrols geared towards curbing the menace of Sea Robbery and piracy as well as Crude Oil Theft (COT) within Nigeria’s Maritime Environment.

” The Base has maintained presence at sea and the deployment of surveillance infrastructure to monitor activities within its waters, thus maintaining the sanctity of Nigeria’s Maritime domain.”

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