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November 20, 2015

Eastern Naval Command arrests 1,500 illegal ships in 10 months

Eastern Naval Command arrests 1,500 illegal ships in 10 months

WARSHIPS—President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, in Lagos, inaugurated four warships acquired by the Navy.

By Emma Una

CALABAR—BETWEEN the months of January and October 2015, the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy apprehended no fewer than 1,500 ships, barges and boats carrying out illegal activities within its maritime domain.

Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, the Flag Officer Commanding, FOC,  Eastern Naval Command, told Vanguard while conducting Exercise Mamaki at the high sea that some of the vessels arrested during the period  had been destroyed while some were handed over to the Nigerian Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps  in Calabar for prosecution

He said that arrested along with the ships and  barges were  about 2,000 men, who have also been handed over to the police and warned that any one with criminal intentions should steer clear Nigeria’s  territorial waters as the Navy has beefed up its operations to stem the tide of illegal oil bunkering and sea piracy.