Nigerian Navy on Wednesday in Abuja said it detained 38 ships involved in illegal activities such as crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy, sea robbery and illegal fishing in the waterways of 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 Nigerian Navy.
Ikioda said eight of the ships belonged to Chinese companies and were impounded for illegal fishing activities in Nigerian waters.
He said the navy has 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.
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Maritime Security News Note:
This is an interesting article and goes some way to demonstrate the mixed messages emanating from the Nigerian Navy at the moment, given that the article published by the Vanguard suggests the NN is not winning the war against oil theft!