NIGERIAN NAVY IMPOUND CAMEROONIAN VESSEL ‘MV ANNA MARIA’ OVER TERRITORIAL BREACH; INTENSIFIED NAVAL PATROLS ENSURE THAT NO SHIPS HAVE BEEN HIJACKED IN THE CALABAR MARITIME ZONE FOR 3 MONTHS – COMMANDER, NNS VICTORY

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DAILY PUNCH
23 May, 2013

Officers and men of the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory on Thursday in Calabar,Cross River State, impounded a Cameroonian vessel, MV Anna Maria, which breached Nigeria’s territory waters. The ship loaded with passengers and goods, our correspondent gathered, incurred the wrath of the Navy when it failed to stop at Nigeria’s international maritime boundary for Nigerian Naval officials to escort her into the country’s territorial waters.The ship is at the National Inland Waterways Authority base in Calabar.

Commander of NNS Victory, Navy Commodore James Oluwole, who addressed journalists in Calabar, said the vessel, which ran foul of the maritime law, would however be released after due investigations had been concluded. He said, “The problem of Calabar water channel is of international dimension. There is persistent kidnapping of vessels and captains from Cameroon all, which gives Nigeria a bad name. The Nigerian Navy has put in place proper strategy; unfortunately, the operators do not adhere to these instructions. One of the solutions is proper coordination.

“We detained the vessel because it berthed without information. The captain has written a statement to show that they had no patience to wait where we used to pick them. We will not tolerate this again. Proper timing and departure is the rule. We are determined to ensure that there is no harassment of vessels in our waterways. “This is what we have resolved. The Navy is here to give you the best but you must cooperate. The Navy will continue to do its job. For the past three months, no vessel has been attacked because of naval policing.”

Captain of the ship, Tankwa Dieudonne, who blamed officials of the Nigerian Navy for the lapse, said he sailed into the country after waiting at the boundary for a long time. He, however, apologised for his action and promised not to do so again. The Calabar Area Manager of NIWA, Mr. Adetola Olawale, advised other vessel operators to learn to do the right thing to avoid running into trouble with the authorities.

Following the incidence of kidnapping at the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Navy last January introduced the idea of escorting vessels entering and exiting the country from the maritime boundary with the Republic of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

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4 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY IMPOUND CAMEROONIAN VESSEL ‘MV ANNA MARIA’ OVER TERRITORIAL BREACH; INTENSIFIED NAVAL PATROLS ENSURE THAT NO SHIPS HAVE BEEN HIJACKED IN THE CALABAR MARITIME ZONE FOR 3 MONTHS – COMMANDER, NNS VICTORY

  1. Yagazie says:

    Jimmy, I agree with you,

    However please note what the Captain said. He had to wait at the Maritime Boundry for a long time for an escort – none forthcomming and thus his impatience.. Besides in waiting at the Maritime Boundry, his ship could have become a siting target for pirates. I guess our Navy needs to improve on our response times.

  2. Spirit says:

    Exactly great Yag. In as much as I am elated by the news than no ship has been highjacked in 3 moths, I want to believe the Captain acted in good faith. He knew how notorious the area is and did not want to risk his ship and cargo.

    I can imagine the kind of routine the available ships are running escorting every in-bound ship considering the volume of trade between Nigeria and Cameroon/E-Guinea. I dont envy those boys at all.

    The solution is more platforms for the Navy.

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