Navy officials in gun duel with sea robbers in Bayelsa

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Naval operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS SOROH) have recovered two AK-47 rifles, six AK-47 magazines and 133 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition from sea robbers in Bayelsa State.

The Navy also deactivated a local wooden boat used to convey illegal crude oil products in the state.

The Commander, NNS SOROH, Commodore Olushina Ojebode, disclosed this weekend during a press briefing at the Naval Base in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Ojebode stated that the personnel of NNS SOROH, during a water patrol at Gbaram community of Agbadam-Foropa, encountered six armed men in a speedboat who attempted to attack the troops.

According to him, the troops overpowered the armed men with superior firepower in the fight that ensued which made the sea robbers to flee.

“The items recovered from the armed men include arms and ammunition, two AK-47 rifles, six AK-47 magazines, 133 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, and one small Techno phone, among others.

“In another development, own troops during an anti-crude oil theft operation at Southern Ijaw discovered a wooden boat laden with illegal crude oil products. Accordingly, the boat was deactivated in line with extant regulation and standard operating procedure,” Ojebode said.

The commander vowed that with the successful operations at Tebidaba, Furopa and Ezetu, combing the Bayelsa maritime environment for oil thieves and operators of illegal bunkering and sundry crimes was non-negotiable.

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