The Nigerian Navy Thursday
30 March 2018 said its troops deployed for a regional maritime sea
exercise called ‘Exercise Obangame’ foiled attacks on two merchant ships in
Lagos and Bayelsa waters; the identity of the vessels was not disclosed.
Naval Chief of Transformation, Rear Admiral Begroy Ibe-Enwo who
made this disclosure at the end of a weeklong yearly regional sea exercise also
said that a combined effort from navies from the West African sub region
led to the arrest of about eight persons who had allegedly hijacked a fishing
trawler off the coast of Togo.
In a separate development, the Nigerian Navy has announced the
arrest of seven suspected oil thieves and seizure of about 280,000 litres of
diesel allegedly stolen from pipelines.
Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Capt.
Victor Choji, who paraded the suspects before newsmen on Thursday in Onne, Rivers State,
said they were arrested aboard a ship named MT Araba.
According to Choji, the suspects were arrested along Bonny on
Dec. 21, 2017 with 280,000 liters of product suspected to be diesel.
He said the suspects have been in the custody of the Navy,
undergoing preliminary investigation and had told the investigators that they
were contracted to deliver the petroleum product to a company in Port Harcourt.
Choji said the Navy had concluded its investigation on the issue
would hand over the vessel, product, and suspects to Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further action.
The captain of MT Araba, Ishola Adeniyi, said that they lifted
the product from an undisclosed source.
He said that they were on
their way to deliver the product to A & S Oil and Gas Ltd in Port Harcourt
when they were arrested by naval personnel.