The Nigerian Navy has called on the Department of State Security, DSS to go after the sponsors of notorious sea pirate network believed to be terrorising costal waterways in Rivers state and environs.
The Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, Captain Victor Choji, made the call when he handed over five suspected sea pirates to DSS operatives on Wednesday.
He said aside piracy, the suspects allegedly carried out several kidnappings and robbed vessels as well as innocent commuters and their valuables in the maritime domain of Rivers.
Choji said the navy had observed that whenever troops destroy illegal refineries and bunkering sites, perpetrators often times mutate to piracy, kidnapping and sea robbery. He said the trend was particularly worrisome to the navy but assured that strategic measures had been put in place to tackle the ugly development.