Abuja - The Navy has intercepted more than 40 vessels illegally operating mainly in the Calabar water channel and other Nigerian coastlines.
Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command Rear Admiral Aikhomu confirmed the arrests which he said followed the navy intensifying efforts to combat such crimes in recent weeks.
He said such efforts were yielding results.
The crimes widespread in the region include piracy, crude oil theft and illegal bunkering.
“The Nigerian Navy is taking the lead in increasing existing regional maritime awareness capability in order to improve total awareness of the maritime environment,” said Aikhomu.
He will preside over the first Gulf of Guinea Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Conference (RMAC) scheduled for Calabar from Monday until Wednesday next week.
Top naval delegations from 13 countries, including United States African Command and the US Naval Forces Africa are expected in the three-day maritime security conference. African countries that will participate include Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Benin Republic, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon and Sao Tome and Principe.
Nigeria collaborated with the United States Office of the Security Cooperation (OSC) to organise the first regional security conference whose aim is to improve maritime domain awareness and enhance collaboration in terms of gathering and sharing information.
- CAJ News