Nigerian Navy arrested a total of 10 pirates trying to hijack Chinese Vessel.
A 18 crew member ship which comprises of Chinese, Ghanaian, Ivorian was rescued by Nigerian Navy troops led by Commander Ibrahim Shettima who is the commander Nigerian Navy Ship NNS BEECROFT.
In his statement Shittima
“The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel toward Nigerian waters.
“On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy Ship.
“Hence, the Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel.
“All ships crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were arrested,” he said.
The commodore noted that the last five known or documented pirates’ attacks were outside Nigerian waters, which the Nigerian Navy responded in the interest of regional security.
“This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy, which covers Nigeria’s outermost maritime area of interest, encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG.
” This underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of response capability.
” For instance, this rescue effort was bolstered by additional intel received from the Beninous Navy during the operation.
“The NN has the capability and will power to deal with such perpetrators.” He said.
The arrest which took place on 15th Of May 2020 and according to Shettima Nigerian Navy Ship NGURU was deployed to rescue after it was alerted of the attack.