NNS Burutu P174, a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft

NNS Burutu P174, a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft, intercepted the ships

March 18th,2014

The Nigerian Navy has arrested four ships and 22 persons , suspected to be Chinese, who allegedly entered Nigeria’s territorial waters illegally.

The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore Godwin Ochai, who announced the arrests, said the vessels were carrying large tonnes of fish. He named the vessels as Liadda Zhong Yu 15177, Liadda Zhong Yu 15178, Liao Zhung Yu 15030, and Liao Zhung Yu 15029.

Ochai spoke while handing over the 22 suspected illegal immigrants in Onne, Rivers, on Tuesday to the Nigeria Immigration Service and the State Department of Fisheries for further investigations. He said the suspects breached international maritime laws and procedure by fishing in Nigeria’s territorial waters without permit.

“As part of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice-Adm. Usman Jubrin’s determination to fight maritime crimes, one of our ships, NNS Burutu, arrested four foreign ships on our waters on March 14.

“When our troops went on board the alien ships, they discovered that the four vessels had no immigration documents, neither did the 22 crew members have passports. “Similarly, on probing further, we discovered that the suspects did not have any form of permit to engage in fishing
activities in the nation’s territorial

“The Nigerian Navy with its statutory
responsibility to provide maritime
security will continue to go after both
foreign and domestic threats capable of undermining the nation’s security and economy. “We will go after them, arrest them and put them forward for prosecution at the nation’s law courts,” he said.

Ochai said the navy was still conducting investigation into the mission of the ships. According to him, the CNS has provided NNS Pathfinder adequate resources to carry out 24-hour surveillance of the
waterways in the effort to stop oil theft, pipeline vandalism and sea piracy.

The commander urged the public to
provide the navy timely information that would lead to the arrest of those
undermining Nigeria’s maritime safety and the economy.

The Provost of Nigeria Immigration
Service, Marine Command Onne, SP Briggs Dawaye, who took over custody of the suspects, said the command would thoroughly investigate their mission.


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  1. drag_on says:

    To push the point further.
    Apart fro mineral rich water entering into the ocean from the Niger delta.

    Bakassi is situated at the extreme eastern end of the Gulf of Guinea, where the warm east-flowing Guinea Current (called Aya Efiat in Efik) meets the cold north-flowing Benguela Current (called Aya Ubenekang in Efik). These two ocean currents interact creating huge foamy breakers which constantly advance towards the shore, and building submarine shoals rich in fish, shrimps, and a wide variety of other marine life forms. This makes the Bakassi area a very fertile fishing ground, comparable only to Newfoundland in North America and Scandinavia in Western Europe. –wikipedia.

    I know bakassi is not in our hands any-more but, it gives you an idea about why our waters are attractive to these friggin trawlers.

  2. Yagazie says:

    Oga drag_on you are spot on in your analysis.

    Some points to note though. Firstly – why can’t our local defence correspondence get off their backsides and do some detailed research/analysis, especially since internet access is readily avaiable in ‘Naija’?. Last time I checked, NNS Pathfinder was an operational naval base in Port-Harcourt and not a ‘ship’. Habba!! Secondly- kudos to our naval personnel who are doing a strirling job in difficult circumstances and with limited platforms. It just goes to show what our Navy is capable of doing if properly funded and equipped. Thirdly, the fishing trawler should be impounded, its cargo seized, the crew detained and not released until the ship’s owners pay a very hefty fine (at least $1million)- the crew should also be paraded before the world at a press conference to serve as a detterent to other persons/organisations who might want to fish illegallly in our territorial waters/EEZ. Fourthly- a reasonable proportion of the fine paid, should be given to the navy to enable it defray the operational costs (e.g. ship fuel) incurred whilst engaging on such operational enforcmentpatrols. Fifthly- the fisheries patrol squadron as contained in the navy’s SG-02 plan (together with the boats being built in South Africa?) should be made operational as soon as possible. Lets remember that quite recently, the senagalese navy (assisted by the French who provided aerial reconnaisance assets) impounded a russian fishing trawler that was illegaly operating in Senegalese territorial waters and the vessel was only released when the ship’s owners paid a $1million fine. We should come down hard on such foreigners that illegaly steal our maritime wealth.

  3. jimmy says:

    PLEASE TO THE CNS , please parade these crew members especially the captains and these ships should be photographed and sent to all newspapers. The fishery division of the NN SHOULD BE ACTIVATED NOW.
    Last but not least Each ship should be fined$2m not $1m this must be an emphasis that it is a lot more BLOODY EXPENSIVE TO FISH IN Nigerian water illegally than anywhere in Africa talk less Senegal.

  4. drag_on says:

    Oga yagazie,Oga james,
    I definitely agree with the heavy fine idea, if they want their ship back =$1-2 million/ship. The navy should have a cut for fuel and maintenance expenses. The unfortunate thing is that, outside of our EEZ our West-African brothers are being systematically stripped of fish by these Eurasian pirates,and this will ultimately affect our own stock. After all, fish no know boundary.

  5. drag_on says:

    Oga Jimmy*

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