Navy seizes 37 ships

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

The Western Com­mand of the Nige­rian Navy said yes­ter­day that it ar­rested about 37 ships over their al­leged in­volve­ment in crimes within the na­tion’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters in the past three months.

The Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (FOC), Western Naval Com­mand, Rear Ad­mi­ral Sa­muel Ile­sanmi Alade, made the dis­clo­sure at the open­ing cer­e­mony of Obangame 2014 joint sea ex­er­cise held at the com­mand’s head­quar­ters in La­gos.

He noted that the ac­tiv­i­ties of crude oil thieves and sea rob­bers have been source of con­cern to the federal govern­ment and that the Nige­rian Navy is do­ing all within its con­sti­tu­tional man­date to stem the tide.

Alade, who de­scribed those in­volved in crude oil theft as eco­nomic sabo­teurs, added that the Navy with its zero tol­er­ance to oil bunker­ing have in­ten­si­fied its pres­ence at sea.

“This is ev­i­denced in the ar­rest of about 37 for­eign and lo­cally owned ships and badges in­volved in act of crim­i­nal­ity in our wa­ter­ways. The af­fected ves­sels were ar­rested in the past three months,” he said.

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