Sunday, 20 December 2015

Nigeria Navy has arrested 20 ves­sels alleged to be involved in vari­ous maritime crimes with­in the country's territorial waters.

Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, made this revelation shortly after em­barking on the 2015 Nige­rian Navy sea exercise code named Exercise Treasure Guard. He explained that 149 illegal oil refineries, 19 barges and 75 wooden boats had been so far destroyed, adding that the effort of the Navy to tackle crude oil theft had put crude oil thieves on the defensive.

Ibas further disclosed that five capital ships would be deployed to the sea daily to carry out routine patrol, while 65 boats of various sizes would also be on pa­trol of the creeks in search of vandals and crude oil thieves.

According to him, 70 ad­ditional boats are also being expected from Sri-Lanka to join the fleet of the force in the first quarter of 2016.

His words: "The NN has therefore been focusing on various operations aimed at combating the myriads of criminalities and illegal ac­tivities in the nation's mari­time domain."

"From July 15 to date, the NN has arrested 20 ves­sels and their crew. Fur­thermore, over 149 illegal oil refineries, 19 barges, 75 large wooden boats and 93 auxiliary equipments were destroyed within the same period." Vice Admiral Ibas who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the Navy prom­ised to work with the federal legislature to ensure the suc­cess of the change agenda of the present administration.

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