By Lucia Edafioka
The Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has said that 30 ships, tugboats and baggies were confiscated in the last six months following the activities of criminals, including illegal oil bunkering, on the waterways in the states under its authority.
This was disclosed by Flag Officer Commanding, ENC, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, in Calabar, Cross River State during a regimental dinner to mark the end of the FOC’s first bi-annual three-day sea exercise which ended on Thursday.
According to the Punch, the FOC said beyond confiscation, navy personnel now take further steps to ensure that they apprehend those behind the crime.
He added that one of the major challenge facing the Navy was the use of the creeks as hideout for criminals, he however assured that the problem would soon be sorted out.
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Maritime Security News:
Where are NIMASA’s boats in all this? Wasn’t Global West contracted to patrol the creeks and ensure oil theft was clamped down on? Business as usual. It will be very interesting to see what happens once Mr Buhari is sworn in as President towards the end of the month. In the meantime, the main issue facing seafarers in the region is the apparently rampant problem of kidnap. Last week, nine crew were kidnapped from two vessels off Nigeria. Don’t expect to read about them in the press.