Navy maintains sanctity of Nigeria’s Maritime domain, raids suspected sea robbers’ camp in Bayelsa



The Nigerian Navy has continued to maintain the sanctity of Nigeria’s Maritime domain.

This is as Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH at Naval Base, Yenagoa has sustained operations and aggressive patrols geared towards curbing the menace of Sea Robbery and piracy as well as Crude Oil Theft (COT) within Nigeria’s Maritime Environment in an effort to rid its Area of Operation of criminality, illegalities and illegally possessed weapons.

The Base has reportedly maintained presence at sea and the deployment of surveillance infrastructure to monitor activities within its waters.

According to naval spokesman, Commodore Ayo Vaughan, “Notably, NNS SOROH as part of its determination to curb its Area of Operation of illegal weapons before, during and after the off cycle gubernatorial election had on Friday November 10, 2023, by 2.am, raided a suspected sea robbers’ hideout.

“The base acting on credible information, swiftly deployed her anti-sea robbery patrol team from one of its Naval Security Station (NSS 030) which is at Foropa community in southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

“Accordingly, on sighting the Nigerian Navy Patrol team gunboats the suspected sea robbers fled into the bushes.

“During the raid in Southern Ijaw, NNS SOROH special anti-sea robbery team further cordoned and searched the area and recovered, one general purpose machine gun (GPMG) with 100 links, 2 x AK 47 rifles, one locally made long gun, 2 x Tavor magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62 (NATO), 2 x Cartridge rounds of pump action gun.

“Additionally, other recovered items include 2 x 200HP Yamaha Engine, 5 x Baofeng Radio, Small Techno Android phone, one GPS phone and 3x small techno phone as well as assorted camouflage uniforms. The camp was subsequently deactivated to deny the criminals any shelter within the vicinity.

“The efforts of NNS SOROH, their resilience and dedication to duty led to the success of the raid operation. Accordingly, the Nigerian Navy under the able leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla will continue to conduct such sting operations to resist and arrest criminals desperate to undermine the democratic process, disrupt public peace or breach the hard-earned Maritime Security during and after the off-cycle election period.

“The Service will continue to cooperate with stakeholders to achieve a peaceful Maritime environment critical for legitimate business by law abiding citizens towards the national economic development and prosperity.”

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