Ovie Okpare, Warri
The Nigerian Navy, on Wednesday, paraded five suspected members of a kidnapping syndicate who late last year kidnapped Nancy Dickson, a younger sister to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson.
Nancy, 26, who had since been freed, was kidnapped last December at her shop located along Okaka Road, Yenagoa, by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers who trailed her in a Lexus sport utility vehicle.
The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta, Commodore Joseph Dzunve, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the Navy Base, Warri, also announced the arrest of nine crude oil thieves in the creeks of Delta State.
Apart from the suspects, six boats laden with suspected stolen crude oil and used in ferrying fuel to various illegal refineries, where also intercepted in collaboration with the operatives of Operation Delta Safe.
The abductors of Dickson’s sister were allegedly caught with explosives, ammunition and a gun-making machine with which they used to produce locally made guns in Okuama community in the Ughelli-South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Other suspects also paraded by the naval chief included five impersonators, who extorted traders and oil companies along the creeks on the pretext that they were members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.
Dzunve said, “Base on the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff to rid the maritime environment of criminals, we are not relenting in our efforts to tackle the situation. It is in this light that we have clamped down on criminals. We have three groups here. One of the groups consists of impersonators. They go about deceiving civilians by claiming to be either naval officers or NUPENG officials in order to extort. They also use violence.”
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