The police in Rivers State Wednesday paraded 11 suspected armed robbers and two kidnappers arrested in different operations in Port Harcourt.
While parading the suspects at the headquarters of the state police command, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogusakin, told journalists that a gang of suspected armed robbers opened fire on a police patrol team at 1.45pm, on Friday, February 14, at Ogbunabali Area, by St. Patrick Hospital.
According to him, “This prompted the police to immediately engage them in an exchange of gun fire. The gang was, however, overwhelmed by the superior fire power of our men who displayed their resilience in the course of the gun exchange.”
Details to follow.
Maritime Security News Note:
It’s worth noting that much of Nigeria’s “piracy” actually occurs within the country’s territorial waters and is actually legally classed as armed robbery and not piracy. The rivers and creeks in Bayelsa State, in particular, have seen significant incidents of kidnap and robbery in recent months, as discussed here.
The dangers currently posed to merchant crews, particularly senior officers such as Masters and Chief Engineers cannot be overstated. These incidents rarely receive much in the way of publicity and all crews transiting the Gulf of Guinea should be aware of the dangers.