The Bayelsa Police Command said its Marine Division in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state had repelled an attack by sea pirates on a passenger boat in the area.
Asinim Butswat, an ASP and spokesman of the Command, said in a statement that the attack occurred on Friday at Gina-Gbene area of Southern Ijaw.
According to the spokesperson, an AK-47 Assault rifle and live ammunition were recovered from the pirates who abandoned their 75 Horse Power speedboat and fled into the creeks.
Butswat assured that efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing pirates.
“On August 28, at about 0820 hrs, the Bayelsa State Marine Police, stationed at Koluama, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, repelled some suspected sea pirates attacking a passenger boat around Gina-Gbene, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
“The Pirates ran into a nearby Creek, abandoned their speed boat, mounted with 75HP Yamaha Engine, with the Inscription ‘DEEP SEA MARINE’.
“One AK 47 riffle, three magazines loaded with four live ammunition, one bag, one Voter card and four life Jackets were recovered from the suspects.
“The Marine Police are combing the creeks to arrest the culprits. Investigation is ongoing,” Butswat said.
By Pita Ochai