- The Nigerian Navy said it has arrested nine suspected sea pirates including three Greece citizens, one American
- The suspects were nabbed after being caught on the Nigerian sea with heavy ammunition
- Navy said the nabbed suspects would be handed over to the appropriate authority after thorough investigation
The joint operation by the Nigerian Navy and United States Coast Guard has successfully arrested nine sea pirates comprising three Greece citizens, one American and five blacks.
The suspects met their waterloo after their vessel was stopped by the operatives of the Operation Junction Rain, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathers that four military assault rifles (Bernelli MR-1) loaded with magazines, about 1,000 live ammunition in a box and other hidden exhibits including various communication gadgets were recovered from the pirates.
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Announcing the arrest, Commodore Dickson Olisemenogor, who is the operation's officer in tactical command, said the suspects have been placed under thorough investigation and more information would be gathered.
Olisemenogor also assured that at the completion of the investigation, those found culpable would be handed over to the appropriate security agencies for prosecution.
He further disclosed that apart from the nabbed pirates, another set of 10-man crew suspected to be oil thieves was stopped and arrested .
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Navy announced the deployment of no fewer than 500 naval officers to a multinational sea exercise, “Obangame Express”, sponsored by the US Africa Command.
The flag officer commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, said the aim of the exercise was to deepen cooperation amongst Gulf of Guinea navies. Obangame Express is an annual multinational exercise supported by African, European and US partners.
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