Despite inadequacies in its platforms, the Nigerian Navy (NN) said yesterday that over 80 vessels have been arrested, with 1,610 illegal refineries, oil barges, wooden boats and auxiliary equipments destroyed in the last 18 months.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command (ENW), Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, spoke at the second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) conference for African countries, held in Victoria Island, Lagos. It was organised by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas in conjunction with International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC).
Presenting a paper themed ‘‘Nigeria’s contribution to maritime security in West Africa’, Babalola said the Navy in order to create deterrence for criminality at sea, has deployed ships and boats on routine maritime patrol, which have arrested suspects and handed them over to relevant local law enforcement agencies. READ MORE ON THE MARITIME HUB