Pirates raid Nigeria Police armoury, seize weapons

Solomon Arase, IG of Nigeria Police Force
Solomon Arase, IG of Nigeria Police Force
Edem Darlington

Armed pirates attacked the Nigerian Marine Police Armoury in Calabar, Cross River State, early Monday, seizing a large cache of weapons, police and sources said.

The attackers struck at the marine base located along Marina road, Calabar, and took away two gun boats and other weapons.

The hoodlums operated unchallenged for nearly two hours, killing at least one police officer and a private security man, officials who did not want to be quoted told PREMIUM TIMES.

One witness said two officers were killed.

A private security personnel with a popular church within the area, who simply identified himself as Ofonmbuk, said his colleague was killed by the invaders.

“I survived by the grace of God,” he said, “I had to sleep under the gutter when I saw my colleague hit by a bullet. The pirates used a superior fire power that the police could not stand them.”

The operation caused panic among residents within the riverine area.

It took the intervention of the Nigerian Navy before the pirates could be dislodged, witnesses said.

The pirates, according to a source, “came through the Calabar River in two speed boats, while some came with a bus and strategically positioned themselves along the routes leading to the armoury. It was until the Navy came and engaged them; that was when the pirates ran away.”

The police spokesman for Cross River State, Hogan Bassey, confirmed the incident, but denied that two personnel were killed.

“Yes I can confirm there was an attack early this morning and a police man was killed,” he told PREMIUM TIMES. “We are investigating the matter and hope to get to the root of it, we will make sure they are arrested and made to face the law.”

Security was stepped up in the area when our correspondent visited.

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  • Isi Agwo

    APC! Change! APC! Change for the worse! Elect “Messiah” Bokohari for full security for Nigeria. And it came to pass. Now he has been “elected” and sworn in May 29, 2015, Nigeria has witnessed unequalled peace and security from Boko Haram and sundry enemies of the state.

    • bikky

      So your people want to start their unrest too, my oyell ND militants led by Dokubo and Edwin Clark. They will not escape.

      • John Matthew

        TINUBU ROBBED LAGOS STATE, HE WILL NOT ESCAPE, HIS TIME WILL COME.

        • Bayo

          Shame on you. I am from Lagos and I’m a big fan of Tinubu. Your problem is that your tribe has nobody half as responsible as Tinubu.

          • Ebubedike

            You can worship a drug addict and a crook known worldwide for drug trafficking. It’s within your rights. This a democracy.

          • Mohstone

            half is too much … one-tenth is lil better.

        • bashdo

          Breaking news GEJ to be arrested by ICC

    • joe

      You can be rest-assured that the guy in power is no clueless dumbbell. He is a decorated General in a nigerian army before the era of crying Momoh (the general in the fayose’s tape). If you have a brother among those thugs tell him the guy in charge is neither Yaradua nor Jonathan.! !

      • John Matthew

        WHAT HAS HE DONE, IS HE THE ONLY GENERAL. MUMU

        • bashdo

          Just get ready if u are one of them! Odeh

      • Ebubedike

        Oh yes! You mean a major general who joined the officer rank of Nigeria Army with no credits in 5 subjects (including English and Maths) as required, and was therefore a fraud, a serial 419er before 419 became common? Days before the “decorated general” became president and the “messiah” emerged, “clueless dumbbell” took the war on terrorism to Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest (ready to finish them). Soon after Bokohari, the anointed one, took over, Boko Haram, for the first time attacked Yola and has been bombing Bornu, Yobe and Adamawa states since that day of our “messiah”. Talk of a “general decorated” with fake certificates and false affidavits.

        • joe

          Hear yourself 🙂 A guy that does not have 5 credits in WASC but posseses an equivalent of a Msc from one of the best military schools in this world!Besides a certificate only “certifies” that the holder is capable of rational thinking. That the mind is capable of adding values to humanity. A certificate holder that says we are rich because some cabals have private jets,that boko haram is not as a result poverty since,according to him,they wield AK47 which does not come cheap,a certified Ph.d. that does not see stealing as corruption!!Now can you tell me how that mind can ever add value to any society?How woeful and catastrophic must a guy perform before you are relieved of your ethnic Glaucoma and see him as a failure???s it after he has destroyed every institutions we have??

          • Ebubedike

            Mr Joe, as you cannot build a skyscraper on a false foundation, Bokohari the “angel and messiah,” the “incorruptible” serial fraudster cannot acquire the “equivalent of MSc” when he did not have the required 5 WASC credits (including English and Maths) required to join the Nigeria Army as an officer trainee in the first place.

          • joe

            Ok so the americans and the brits are into it too. They let him gain entrance into their best institutions and awarded him degrees although he lacks the prerequisites for admission.? Right? They are also serial fraudsters to you?But assuming they are also fraudsters, now what value does Jonathan ‘s ph.d has, if he is a worse looter than Abacha and IBB put together?Is it that piece of paper from uniport that matters or the quality of the holder’s character? You feel me??? That is point. :))

          • Ebubedike

            Note that officer trainees who had the right qualification went to Sandhurst (for example Gowon, Ojukwu, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua). Bokohari attended Aldershot for a couple of months because he did not have the right qualification for Sandhurst.

          • joe

            Besides, son, leave all the abuses and curses out of your comments. It drowns your arguments. Makes you sound like a childish,self-defeating sore loser that shot himself the groin.

          • mbutu

            Has equivalent of MSc? Really? Recently he was in Germany to witness the G7 meeting, and referred to the German Chancellor Merkel as President Michelle of West Germany!!!!!!! Firstly, German President’s name is Joachim Gauck, Michelle is the U.S. President’s wife, and West Germany ceased to exist in the 80s when East and West Germany merged. If you think of him as an intellectual you must yourself be an almajari that by chance got a little secondary education. If you say you are not almajari, how come you can’t spell MSc, but spelled it as “Msc”? If you are not half educated like your messiah bokohari, how come you can’t spell Ph.D? It is not “Ph.d”, but Ph.D? Got it now.

          • joe

            MSc vs Msc. Ph.D vs Ph.d???I can see you are desperately struggling to make a point.Is that all you have?? :))))

          • Burbank

            joe
            Very well said…Gbam

      • Burbank

        Gbam

  • deltavoice

    Wetin Ijaws want use arms do again.
    Mind you, this is not Jonathan’s government.

    • John Matthew

      MUMU BOY, WHAT HAS BUHARI DONE TO PREVENT SUCH OCCURRENCE.

      • deltavoice

        Wise girl.
        What did your mumu Jonathan do to prevent such? He paid them more for kidnapping.

        • Burbank

          delta
          GEJ gave the terrorists N90Bn a year and they still needs guns; but after that attack, they also have two gunboats!

          • deltavoice

            Yes o. They are very jealous of the Itsekiris.

    • Uwem Ubong

      For your info, the militants were most dangerous during the days of another self-promoting “General” Apeman Obasanjo, the incestuous one.

    • Burbank

      deltavoice
      Either Tompolo needs the weapons to ensure the Itsekiris dare not ask for management of the Delta Gas City from the Ijaws or Asari needs them to replace the ones he failed to secure when his private jet was detained and money confiscated by the South African government.

  • joe

    Do we have Police force in Nigeria. Would you entrust your security to the likes of Mbu?

    • John Matthew

      MUMU COMMENT

      • joe

        Well tell us why you think so, einstein. :)))

    • Burbank

      joe.
      With Mbu as AIG, Nigerian Police Force is criminal.

  • historee

    Food For Thought……

    “Nigerians can agree and or disagree that the
    ascendancy of Goodluck Jonathan was a function of providence. But what could
    not be argued is that it was a golden opportunity to make Nigeria belong to
    all. But history will record it against President Jonathan that he had an
    opportunity to make Nigeria whole, new and fair to all but failed woefully. His
    failure, apart from causing his removal from power, it seems, would serve as
    the causality for the regression of true freedom among the ethnic nationalities
    in Nigeria by about 60 years. In other words, it would serve as one of the
    major reasons why Nigeria would not be able to be the “Country” it ought to be,
    at least not in the nearest future. There might be other unintended consequences
    of this Jonathan tragedy, but it would be prudent to allow time to tell.”

    ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

    (June 15thm 2015)

    • historee

      ……….And, Bola Tinubu misled the Yoruba into one-chance bus

      The game played with Bola Ahmed Tinubu
      by Muhammadu Buhari, Abubakar Atiku, Aminu Tambuwal and Shehu
      Garba, all Fulani, is not limited to this crowd. It is an elaborate plan
      backed by an entire oligarchy that operates silently behind the scenes.
      This plan which is still in its infancy has been hatched before now.
      Bukola Saraki (a Fulani-Yoruba) is just a willing tool in this elaborate
      plan. The Fulani oligarchy is not going to take another chance to allow
      power be controlled by anyone or group other than them or one of their
      own. The alacrity with which President Muhammadu Buhari accepted and
      praised the election of Senator Bukola Saraki, a Fulani-Yoruba, showed
      that he was in on the conspiracy to reduce the influence of his benefactor,
      Tinubu, an ordinary Yoruba. Buhari promptly promised to work with the
      Bukola Saraki coalition.”

      ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

      (June 15thm 2015)

      • Hope

        I just hope that the SW could sit down with their SS and SE brothers to properly define this country called Nigeria. Otherwise nobody will crack the Fulani oligarchy which is strongly supported by USA and Britain internationally, and other ethnic nationalities conquered by them locally through religion.

        We need a Nigeria that will be sustained. Not a mere change of personality
        like the APC is saying, but a change of the constitution and structure that
        will enable Nigeria to develop. A kind of structure that Awolowo and Ojukwu got
        right – a confederal or loose federation.—————— Agbakoba VAnguard of Feb. 28, 2015

        PT: In your previous answer you alluded to changing the structures
        of Nigeria. What should President Buhari do with the report of the recent
        national conference?

        Soludo: It is up to him to decide what to do with the
        report. A fundamental point however is that you can’t create the new Nigeria, a
        post-oil competitive economy without fundamentally altering the existing
        constitution. The current constitution and the political-governance structures
        created by it are designed to share and consume the oil rent. A system designed
        for consumption cannot become efficient for production. Ours is a dysfunctional
        unitary-federalism, with a queer fiscal federalism and it won’t go too far. The
        federating units were created by the central government; it also created the
        local governments. Every month, both the governors and their local government
        chairmen are supposed to beseech Abuja to collect their allocations, each
        supposedly with powers to do whatever they like with the allocations. As oil
        stumbles, the fiscal viability of these creations is coming into question.
        Suddenly, states and LGAs designed to collect and spend oil money will be
        required to produce and create wealth to survive. We will see how the old order
        will give rise to the new without some creative destruction. The problem with
        the structure is that those who benefit most from it are required to dismantle
        it— the incentives are incompatible. We need to study the UAE (United Arab
        Emirates) model of competitive federalism—that created the incentives for Dubai
        and other prosperous non-oil regions to emerge. I have written a lot on this
        subject, and we can talk about this the whole day. The point is that APC cannot
        deliver sustainable change to Nigeria if it does not go to the roots, and
        effect systemic change. Tinkering at the margins will amount to papering over a
        cracked wall.—————— Soludo, June 7, 2015.

    • Derry (London)

      You crazy people in Nigeria call these creatures your LEADERS. What!

      You guys need a shrink, man. You are not normal citizens. You have no

      sense of civic responsibility if forgers, perjurers, thieves and illiterates

      are your Leaders; then, in moments you would be dead in that country,

      if not tramping through the forests on exile.

      • Burbank

        Derry
        Nigeria is here to stay and you can remained in London.
        Good riddance.

    • Uwem Ubong

      Methinks the issue is insecurity in Nigeria despite the emergence of the fake (major) “general.” What do you want to achieve by reproducing another gibberish by another self-important, self-satisfied south-west brother? We are hoping that the Aro Mental Hospital will do a good job to contain the pandemic of Jonathan-induced paranoia sweeping your part of Naija. The common symptom is hearing voices, Jonathan’s voices,continually. Shouldn’t you check into Aro before it is too late?

    • Burbank

      That’s why Nigeria removed GEJ and replaced him with Buhari.

  • Observatory

    THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IS NOW A FAILED STATE AND A CRIME SCENE.
    THE AMERICAN STRATEGIC INSTITUTE WAS RIGHT – THAT NIGERIA WILL FAIL THIS YEAR.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    If they came with “superior weapons”, what exactly was the need to steal “inferior weapons” for?

    This story does not add up.

    • Akhabue Emmanuel Richards

      To steal inferior but plenty weapons that will be easily distributed to plenty men of the underworld, U know the superior weapons won’t be enough to satisfy men of the underworld

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Thanks

      • Burbank

        Gbam

  • Burbank

    Another reason why those fraudsters in Louis Edet House must go.
    Another very precious Nigerian died for nothing in Cross Rivers in the line of duty, protecting an institute that offers him nothing, for a salary he probably have not received.
    Arase is personally responsible for the death of that policeman; to allow militants in boats and buses to attack a POLICE ARMOURY with impunity, for 2 hours, is a heinous shame and a sordid display of total incompetence of the corrupt Nigerian Police Force.
    If the armed police cannot takes care of its own armoury, then what hope is there for the police to protect the homes of unarmed Nigerians?
    If the police and the SSS are more professional in their security jobs and engaged less in electioneering, like in Ekiti, then no militants will be free to kill innocent Nigerians.
    Not just a life is lost, but weapons and 2 police gunboats!
    Buhari, perhaps you should pay Asari the money you budgeted for the entire police force and let Arase and his Louis Edet good-for-nothing officers use wooden sticks to fight Shekau.
    Shame on the NPF.

  • Volker Niebergall

    NIEBERGALL support German Navy, Coast Guard, Homeland Security for Anti Piracy and Counter Terrorism.
    May be we can help Nigeria as well.