Mr Erastus Awortu, Chairman, Andoni local area council in Rivers has commended security agencies as six outboard engines worth over N10 million were recovered from a suspected sea pirate in the area council.
Awortu gave the commendation on Friday at Ngo the council headquarters where a suspected sea pirate was apprehend by the police in collaboration with the local vigilantee in the area.
“This morning, the new local security initiative of my administration in conjunction with the police in Ngo recovered six outboard engines from a suspected sea pirate who reside within the area.
“Based on reliable intelligence made available by the local vigilantee, a hide-out used as a mini Warehouse for proceeds of crime was uncovered by the police.
“About six outboard engines worth over N10 million and a mini electricity generating set was recovered in the process, the items were suspected to have been forcefully taken from innocent local traders and fishermen in the area.
“The suspect, a middle-aged male has been in police custody undergoing interrogation,” he said.
The council boss therefore, charged residents to continue to assist the police with useful information that would help uncover other criminal hide-outs within the area council.
“As a government, we are committed to restoring sanity to this environment and so far, we are witnessing progress in that regard and peace is fast returning to our communities.
“I know there are pockets of criminal elements just like what we witnessed today but I’m optimistic that all suspects on security watchlist will be fished out very soon.
“We have a local security team, the formation basically gathers useful information for the police so we rely greatly on the police and I appreciate the synergy.
“I want to specifically thank the Rivers State Police Commissioner, CP Eboka Friday and the entire police team who have been very supportive of our efforts to restore security in Andoni area council.(NAN)