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The Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee has confirmed the destruction of 15 militants’ camps and the arrest of 17 suspected pirates within its operational areas of Akwa Ibom and parts of Rivers State.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Commander, NNS Jubilee, Commodore Abdulmajid Ibrahim, who told newsmen that the militant camps were destroyed during an anti-piracy and anti-sea robbery routine operations from May 2020 to January.

Ibrahim who informed that the destruction of the camps was made possible through the navy’s penetration of some of the creeks, also revealed that during the period in question, the navy seized 285, 000 litres of illegally refined AGO and different kinds of ammunition from the arrested suspects.

According to him, the joint patrol operations of the Navy and Nigerian Police have resulted in relative peace and security in the area and brought illegal bunkering and trade on the water ways to the barest minimum.

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“Within six months as commander of the base, we have destroyed 15 militant camps, arrested 17 suspects during our operations and recovered 285,000 litres of AGO and ammunition from them, and have handed over the suspects and items to the prosecuting agencies.

“We were involved in a joint patrol with the police across the base communities every day. This has led to relative peace and security in the area and brought illegal bunkering to the barest minimum.

“Our strategy is continuous aggressive patrol. We try to dominate the water space and maritime environment. Within the last six months, there has been no attack on the NNS infrastructure.

“We have maintained a good civil-military relationship with our host community, through our Corporate Social Responsibility.

“We carry out free medical consultations and give out drugs within our capacity in our medical rhapsody outreach programme,” Ibrahim said.

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