Navy destroys 5,099 illegal refineries, 3,136 8887bls of crude in 5yrs
To ensure security of vessels in the nation’s corridor of the GOG as well as its maritime domain, statistics showed that the Nigerian Navy had in five years arrested 4,229 suspects in connection with maritime illegalities.
These suspects included foreign nationals from different continents of the world, including Nigerians. In one of the arrests, an American, four Greeks and five Nigerians were nabbed within
Lagos state, at the end of the maiden joint military operation code-named Operation Junction Rain, initiated by United States Navy/Coast Guard, to deter pirates and other maritime criminals from operating on the nation’s water and the Gulf of Guinea.
Records also showed that in the last five years, 553 pirates attacks had been recorded. A breakdown of the attacks showed that 339 attacks were recorded in the GOG’s corridor and 214 within Nigeria waters. There were 107 sea robberies recorded within these years. Available statistics also revealed that 404 vessels were arrested , out of which 13 were forfeited to the Federal Government.
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