The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday in Abuja said it arrested 38 ships involved in illegal activities in the waterways in the country from January 2014 to date.
Chief of Policy and Plans, at the Naval Headquarters, Rear Adm. Ameen Ikioda, made this known at a news conference to mark the 58th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy.
Ikioda said that eight of ships belonged to Chinese companies and were impounded for illegal fishing activities in Nigerian waters.
He said the navy had been unrelenting in its operations to protect the nation’s maritime environment against all forms of threats.
According to him, the navy constantly carries out surveillance and patrol of the maritime areas with available surveillance systems, ships and helicopter.
He explained that the operations were specifically aimed at checking crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy and sea robbery and illegal fishing, adding that the authorities were encouraged by the success recorded so far.
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