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Akwa Ibom warns pirates operating on waterways

By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh, Uyo
10 November 2021   |   3:03 am
Akwa Ibom State Police Command has vowed to make the state waterways unsafe for criminals.

Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom. Photo: TWITTER/MRUDOMEMMANUEL

Akwa Ibom State Police Command has vowed to make the state waterways unsafe for criminals.

The warning was contained in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, and made available to journalists in Uyo yesterday.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, said the recent deployment of security operatives in the state has started yielding fruits and urged criminals to steer clear of the state.

He said the command nabbed two suspected sea pirates and recovered firearms and four stolen engine boats from them.

He said: “Piqued by complaints about sea pirates in some parts of Akwa Ibom State waterways, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Andrew Amiengheme, commenced special tactical deployments to make the waterways safer. These deployments are beginning to yield positive results.

“Relying on a robbery complaint on Nov. 6, 2021, at about 11:45 am operatives of Mbo Division, led by the DPO, SP John Abua, arrested one Ability Emmanuel Okpet a.k.a “Blacky” ‘m’ at Ibaka in Mbo L.G.A.

“His confessions caused the DPO to lead a joint team of police operatives and the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operation Base, Ibaka to arrest one Joshua Ezekiel a.k.a “Gogo” m’ of Andoni L.G.A, Rivers, but residing at Esuk Ewang in Mbo LGA.”

Macdon in the statement explained that the suspects conspired with other members of their gang, now at large, in separate robbery operations on Nov. 3 at about 9:00 pm, along with Point three High Sea, robbed four fishermen of their fishes, 15 horsepower outboard engine, N775, 000 and two G.S.M phones, valued at 45,000.

He said that during interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and led the operatives to where locally-made pistol, double barrel shotgun and two long barrel guns used for the operations were hidden in a shallow pit.

Other exhibits recovered were three stolen 9.9HP Suzuki outboard engines, one 40HP Yamaha outboard engine, one itel phone and two bottles of concoction.

The PPRO said efforts were on to arrest fleeing gang members, adding that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

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