JTF arrests, parades six suspected pirates in Bayelsa

By Post Nigeria December 31, 2014 18:06

JTF arrests, parades six suspected pirates in Bayelsa

The Joint Military Task Force in Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, has arrested six gunmen suspected to be pirates operating on the Niger Delta waterways.

The suspects were reportedly arrested by the anti-kidnapping and anti-piracy squad of the security outfit after a week-long operation.

The outgoing Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Colonel Mustapha Anka, while the JTF paraded the suspects on Wednesday at their headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, said they were arrested in connection with the recent attacks on fiber boats belonging to the task force.

According to Anka, the suspects had attacked JTF troops and other innocent users of Sangana and Santa Barbara rivers in Bayelsa and Rivers states.

“The aggressive and continuous day and night raids, stop and search patrols of the JTF operations along the waterways have resulted in the arrest and recovery of some weapons from the hoodlums,” he said.

Some weapons recovered from suspect were three Browning Machine Guns (BMGs) with registration number 1981 with stand, B572 Banel No. Z90323 with stand, HMG–50MG ST Kinetics Serial No. 2405PM with stand, with its links ammunition (buried underground).

Others were one AK47 rifle without registration number, a G3 rifle with No. G310D792 and rifle with registration number T67439 and wooden dummy rifle.

Also three gunboat batteries, one HP laptop computer, one police fragmental jacket, 1×200 Horse Power engine, empty cases of 12.7mm ammunition of HMG gun, one searchlight with batteries, one bag containing boat tools, one Nokia G6 mobile phone, two rifle butts and one plastic toy pistol were recovered in Ukubie community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Anka promised that the JTF, under the command of Major General Emmanuel Atewe, would intensify their activities aimed at stopping miscreants from the opportunity to perpetrate their nefarious activities.