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An unspecified number of suspected sea
pirates are feared dead in a gun battle
with policemen on patrol duty along the
Oporoma-Oyoma water ways in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
According to the Police Public Relations
Officer of the Bayelsa State Police
Command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, about ten
armed men suspected to be sea pirates
attacked some policemen in their
gunboats with some of the suspects killed in the ensuing gun duel while
others jumped into the river.
Mr. Akhigbe said the policemen were
deployed to beef up security in Twon-
Brass, Akassa, Okpoama and Southern
Ijaw areas following complaints from
residents to the State Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa who embarked on a familiarization tour to
various Police Divisions and formations
within the Command.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police
Command has arrested fourteen suspects in connection with various crimes in the State. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello
Ahmed told newsmen in Yenagoa that
the suspects were apprehended for
alleged involvement in criminal activities ranging from car theft,stealing and forgery, including a suspected foreign universities admin racketeer.
One of the suspects, Mr. Titilayo Adewale
Tosun who is based in Port Harcourt
explains his alleged involvement in
foreign universities admissions
racketeering. Some suspects were alleged to have been in possession of master keys which they use in gaining access to people’s vehicles and houses to steal.