Two military officers in the Guinean armed forces have been arrested alongside six others following an alleged piracy act on two fishing vessels within the territorial waters of Sierra Leone last Sunday.
The two officers who bear the rank of Lieutenants are Sidibay Kelfalla and Nabieu Kamara, while the others are fisheries observers Jallow Mamoud, and Saidu Bah Kamara.
Others arrested by officers of the Naval Wing under the command of Navy Lt. Phillip Juana are Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, boat operator, his assistant Ibrahim Sorie Kamara engineer Mohamed Lamin Turay and assistant Yusuf Turay.
They were brought on shore with one speed boat named CNSP Base Kassa complete with an outboard engine.
The two military officers were also caught with 2 AK-47 rifles, three magazines with 55rounds, and eight pistol runs, while the pistol was not found on them.
Speaking to Awoko as they landed at the Naval Wing Base past Sunday, Commander Daniel Mansaray disclosed that he received a distress call from Andrew Ganda, agent of LIAN RUN 24 that armed men had attacked their vessel out at the high seas.
Later on, he said, he received confirmation from the Sierra Leonean observer on board the fishing vessel informing him of the attack, which prompted him to immediately inform the Marine Wing at Government wharf for necessary action.
The patrol team he said went into action and just after midday he received information from them that they had apprehended the alleged pirates, who they met onboard another vessel LIAN RUN 23. He further stated that these men were caught north west of Cape Light house.
On arrival at the naval base at Murray Town one of the suspects narrated to Awoko that the heavy wind last Saturday night forced them to drift into the fishing zone and they boarded the fishing vessel for rescue purposes. The old and weary Lt. Siddibay Kefalla, who was in his military attire speaking through an interpreter denied the allegations buttressing the point made by his colleague that their vessel got drifted through the heavy weather around 11p.m the previous night.
After they were briefly interrogated at the naval base they were handed over to the CID wing at the Congo Cross Police station for further investigations. Commander Bangura affirmed to Awoko that fishing in the north axis is fast becoming a bit difficult for fishing vessels as piracy is affecting their business, unlike the southern axis where there is very little fish, but its quite safe to do business.