The Police in Akwa said it has killed four pirates in a gun battle with three escaping along the Iwukpom/Opolum waterway in Ibeno Local Council of the state.
The command has also said that it secured the life improsenment conviction of one Aniekan John Udo, a resident of Uyo for committing sodomy last year.
This was contained in a statement by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon made available to newsmen on Sunday in Uyo.
The seige on the pirates according to the statement followed a credible intelligence on the deadly activities of pirates in that part of the state.
“On 4th March, 2021, at about 2:30pm, a team of 29 PMF personnel, who are on special duty at Ibeno, led by ASP Abubakar Yakubu, acting on credible intelligence, while on patrol at Iwukpom/Opolum water channel, accosted a gang of Sea Pirates numbering about seven which led to a gun battle.
” In the ensuing milieu, four (4) of the Sea Pirates met their Waterloo as they fell to the superior fire power of the Operatives while three (3) escaped with bullet wounds.
“Exhibits recovered from the Pirates include four (4) AK47, two (2) Lar and a K2 rifles, four (4) magazines, one fibre speed boat mounted with 200HP and 115HP engines, one (1) dismounted engine, some gallons of petrol, eight (8) white kaftans and items suspected to be charms.” It said.
The statement said investigation into the sodomy case revealed that the suspect lured a nine year old boy into his apartment and had carnal knowledge of him, an act punishable with a life jail term in the state.
It assured residents of the state that the provision of top notch security for every part of the State would continue to remain a priority to the Command.