A man is arrested by the police
A man is arrested by the police

Seventeen suspected pirates were nabbed when the Nigerian marine police recently launched a major operation in one of the hideouts in the country’s delta region, said a spokesman for the police on Friday.

The operation launched on Wednesday in Degema area of the oil-rich state of Rivers also led the police to recover arms and ammunition belonging to the suspected pirates, said Nnamdi Omoni, the spokesman for the state police.

The operation was mainly to rid the Nigerian delta region of pirates and criminals mostly targeting expatriates and foreign vessels, Omoni told reporters in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil hub, which is home to thousands of expatriates and oil multinationals.

The police spokesman said the same gang of pirates had earlier attacked a team of policemen on special duty in the same area of the state on May 24.

The gang was mainly responsible for attacking mostly passenger boats along the waterways in Rivers, he said.

The nabbed suspects would be immediately made to face the law, he added.

Since 2009 a number of ships have been attacked by Nigerian pirates. The criminal groups have shifted from stealing cargo to holding crew members for ransom in recent years. Enditem

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