The Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency, RIVNESCA, has announced the arrest of four suspected sea pirates.
In a message to our correspondent, the Director General of the Agency, Uche Chukwuma, said the suspects were arrested in Ibot Irem, Andoni Local Government Area Saturday morning.
The DG said the suspects are Nkponkiweek Daniel from Ikot Irem; Kpagwung Mark from Ajakaja; Thankgod Vincent, also from Ibot Irem; and Eli Sunday, who is also from Ibom Irem.
The statement said they confessed to stealing a military boat at Degema this year, as well as one Andoni Local Council boat.
The document added that the RIVNESCA operatives took the suspects to the Andoni Local Council, and intend to hand them over to the C4i police unit.
Recall that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command had arrested 14 Suspects for unlawful dealings in petroleum products.
These arrests premised on the renewed vigour and strategic efforts put in place by the Command to combat the menace of oil theft, illegal refineries, oil bunkering and illegal dealings in petroleum product in Rivers State.
Parading the suspects, the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC Rivers State Command, DSC Olufemi Ayodele said the arrests were made possible following a marching order given by the State Commandant Abu Tambuwal who has reiterated on his assumption of duty that the war against illegal bunkering in Rivers State is non-negotiable.
Ayodele noted that the Command is currently under a new Sheriff in town with zero tolerance for all anti-government activities most especially the act of sabotaging the economy of the Nation through Vandalism of oil pipelines and illegal dealings in petroleum product.
Andoni Local Government Council had also arrested three persons for allegedly posing as medical practitioners.
The three suspects were arrested in Asarama town following a tip-off with the aid of the head of medical personnel in the local government.