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Lawyer petitions Navy over continued detention of fisherman

THE Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS DELTA), Warri Naval Base, Warri, has been petitioned for the continued detention of a fisherman, Piroro Tomola Omope, in connection with pipeline vandalism.

 

The petition was signed by Taiwo Orisabinone of Taiwo Pius Orisabinone, Esq. Chambers at Udu road, Effurun- Warri and made available to Tribune Online on Saturday in Warri, Delta State.

 

The petitioner, Orisabinone, said Piroro was arrested on June 17 with two teenagers, Orimisan Igbaya and Meshack Ifiriyele while on fishing expedition at Escravos waters where members of Sumoge community had been carrying out their fishing activities for ages.

 

He said the trio, who are from the Ilaje stock, were apprehended by naval operatives on patrol and detained at the naval base in Warri on the erroneous assumption that the fishermen were pipelines vandals.

 

He noted that during the arrest, no incriminating item was found on the suspects, wondering why after the unconditional release of two of the suspects, Igbaya and Ifiriyele on June 19, Piroro, who is the eldest among them, is still being detained by the navy with his fishing gadgets.

 

The lawyer, therefore, urged the Chief of Naval Staff and the National Human Rights Commission to prevail on the authorities of NNS DELTA to release Mr Piroro unconditionally so that he can reunite with his family.