The Nigerian Navy on Monday said it had 52 vessels and no fewer than 40 persons currently in its custody, for various alleged piracy related offences.
The command announced this in a statement by its Information Officer, Commander Thomas Otuji, on Wednesday in Calabar.
The Nigerian Navy has denied the latest allegations that some of its personnel collected huge sums of bribes from illegal bunkerers to operate freely in Bille coastal communities in Rivers.
The Nigerian Navy has impounded five barges laden with about 12.8 million litres of petroleum product suspected to be adulterated diesel, an official has said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, flagged off the five-day conference themed: “Regional Awareness on Maritime Geospatial Knowledge”.
The Nigerian Navy has inducted 57 new officers to join its fight against crude oil theft, sea piracy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the North East, an official said.
Commodore Ayo Olugbode, the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Capt. Samuel Garba, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, made the disclosure while parading the 14 suspected smugglers before newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday.
The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency on Monday said it had started rescue operations for the 12 crew members hijacked on Saturday by pirates in Rivers.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ibas, on Friday said the Nigerian military has done creditably well in tackling the numerous security challenges that have confronted the nation in recent times.
Their decision was announced after a joint meeting at the headquarters of the Imo State Police Command in Owerri on Monday
Angry youths on Monday barricaded the Umuikaa Junction on the Abia end of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, protesting the alleged brutality and extortion of from men of the Nigerian Navy in the area.
The Nigerian Navy Ship, DELTA, on Monday in Warri, handed over a vessel laden with 524 metric tonnes of suspected petroleum products without valid approval, to the EFCC.
Dan-Ali gave the assurance on Monday in Lagos while inaugurating 16 patrol vessels, which would be deployed to patrol and police key oil installations within the nation’s maritime domain.
Rear Admiral Mathew Emuekpere, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Nigerian Navy, said the command seized over 13,803 bags of smuggled rice valued at N22.8 million in the past seven months.