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Breaking news: Navy arrests 19 illogical vessels

The Nigerian Navy in Lagos on Thursday said
it arrested 19 vessels carrying out illegal
activities within the nation’s territorial waters
last year.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western
Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sylvanus
Abbah disclosed this when the House of
Representatives Committee on Navy visited
the command in Apapa, Lagos.
“Since June 2017, the patrol efforts at sea,
complemented by the Maritime Domain
Awareness Assets led to the arrest of some
vessels found carrying illegal activities at the
“It is pertinent to state that most of these
vessels have been handed over to relevant
prosecuting agencies.
“This is in line with the Harmonised Standard
Operating Procedures on arrest, detention and
prosecution of vessels and persons in
Nigeria’s maritime environment,” he said.
Abbah said that the vessels were arrested for
illegalities ranging from piracy, crude oil theft,
illegal and unregulated fishing and sea
The arrested vessels included MT Wollorf, MT
Vine, MT Glenstar, MT Sisi Comfort, MT DA
Chris, MT Dove 1, Lurongyuanyu 215,
Lurongyuanyu 216.
Others were; Lurongyuanyu 217,
Lurongyuanyu 218, MT Matrix 1, Hai Long,
Marion, Arc Charley, MT Thyword, MT Queen
of Peace, MT United Venture, MT United
Trador and MV Miracle.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Committee,
Abdussamad Dasuki said the team was on on-
the-spot assessment of the units and bases
under the Navy’s Western Naval Command in
Dansuki flayed the Nigeria Maritime and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) for awarding a multi-
million dollar contract for patrolling the
nation’s maritime domain to an Israeli firm.
He said ceding patrol of the nation’s
waterways and other critical national assets to
such foreign company was to detriment of the
He added that the constitutional role of the
Navy was to safeguard and patrol the coastal
waters and the nation’s Exclusive Economic
“The maritime trust fund fell under maritime
security and anti-piracy, thus the move to
circumvent the Navy out of its constitutional
roles will not be allowed to happen.
“”One of the challenges we are having at the
House has to do with the sister agency of the
government, which is NIMASA.
“A situation whereby it is giving out jobs that
are ideal for the Nigerian Navy and
contractors in Nigeria to foreigners, especially
jobs that have to do with our security, is not
acceptable,” he said.
“We have the Nigerian Navy and it should be
empowered. We should promote what we do
locally. So I see no reason why we cannot
contract the job to them.
“It is not acceptable and we have made it loud
and clear. We will continue to work until
something is done about that particular
situation,” he further said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) reports that
the committee also visited the Naval Training
Command, headed by the FOC, Rear Admiral
Obi Ofodile.
In another development, Abbah  said that
Naval personnel deployed to Igbokoda in Ondo
State, responded to a distress call that some
militants had attacked and disarmed some
“Our men at Igbokoda raced to a village called
Aiyetoro after they got a signal that some
hoodlums had attacked and disarmed some
mobile policemen stationed there.
“Our men gave chase and disarmed them.
They were able to recover two of the three
arms from the militants. We are on top of the
situation,” he said. ( NAN)

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