LAGOS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua)
The Nigerian Navy on Sunday said four pirates suspected to be behind the breach of maritime security in the West African nation’s waterways have been arrested in southern Rivers State.
The suspects were arrested by troops of the Nigerian Navy ship Burutu on routine patrol, spokesperson for the Navy in the oil-rich city of Port Harcourt, Lt.-Cdr. Abdulsalam Sani, said in a statement. Sani said the Navy patrol also impounded three cutlasses, four knives and pumping
machines from the suspects, adding that three hammers, cell phones, eye glasses and an undisclosed amount of money were also recovered.
The suspects were arrested while
operating in two wooden boats at about 1:20 p.m. local time at anchorage off Bonny Fairway buoy. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were responsible for various acts to breach maritime security which disrupts the nation’s economic growth.
The suspects had been handed over to
Bonny Island Divisional Police for further investigation and prosecution, Sani said.
Piracy and armed robbery in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea have been increasing in recent years, causing serious concern worldwide.