Navy arrests 22 Chinese, 4 ships suspected of illegal entry

The Nigerian Navy has arrested four ships and 22 persons , suspected to be Chinese, who allegedly entered Nigeria’s territorial waters illegally.

The Commander of the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore Godwin Ochai, who announced the arrests, said the vessels were carrying large tonnes of fish.

He named the vessels as Liadda Zhong Yu 15177,  Liadda Zhong Yu 15178,  Liao Zhung Yu 15030, and Liao Zhung Yu 15029.

Ochair spoke while handing over the 22 suspected illegal immigrants in Onne, Rivers, on Tuesday to the Nigeria Immigration Service and the State Department of Fisheries for further investigations.

He said the suspects breached international maritime laws and procedure by fishing in Nigeria’s territorial waters without permit.

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