Nigerian authorities have arrested nine private maritime security contractors (PMSCs) during a multinational anti-piracy sweep in the Gulf of Guinea. The Nigerian Navy detained the civilian anti-piracy personnel on suspicion of illegal firearms possession. Four semiautomatic rifles were found on board, along with ammunition and assorted tactical equipment.
In addition to five Nigerian citizens, the suspects include four foreign nationals. These individuals have been identified as Angelopolous Spyridon, 54, Kappis Christos, 57, and Petropoulos Stylianos, 34, all Greek nationals; and Zanski Michael-Anderson, 50, an American citizen.
The arrests occurred during a joint U.S.-Nigerian maritime security operation, the annual Junction Rain exercise.