Nigerian Navy rescues 18 crew members, arrests 10 pirates over attack on Chinese vessel

Nigerian Navy rescues 18 crew members, arrests 10 pirates over attack on Chinese vessel

- The Nigerian Navy has rescued 18 crew members in a Chinese vessel, which was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote D' Ivoire

- The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel towards Nigerian water

- The Nigerian Navy was alerted of the pirate attack and immediately intercepted the vessel

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The Nigerian Navy has rescued 18 crew members in a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II which was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote D' Ivoire.

According to a statement by the coordinator, defence media operations, Major-General John Enenche, the incident happened on Friday, May 15.

Nigerian Navy rescues 18 crew members, arrests 10 pirates over attack on Chinese vessel

The recovered Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II. Photo credit: Nigerian Navy
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“The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel towards Nigerian waters. The vessel had 18 crew members comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians.

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“The Nigerian Navy was alerted of the pirate attack and immediately, the Nigerian Navy Ship NGURU was dispatched to intercept the vessel,” part of the statement read.

In the same vein, on Monday, May 11, Forward Operating Base ESCRAVOS intercepted 3 large wooden boats around Madangho and Sara Creek in Warri South local government area of Delta state.

The boats were laden with about 12.6 barrels of suspected stolen crude oil and 43,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.

On the same day, Forward Operating Base IBAKA patrol team around Effiat waterways intercepted an abandoned wooden boat laden with 310 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon.

The next day, Tuesday, May 12, the team discovered 7 refining units, 13 metal storage tanks and 4 dugout pits with about 440.3 barrels of stolen crude oil and 180,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.

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The boats, items and products discovered in the course of the operation were impounded.

Similarly, on Thursday, May 15, the Base patrol team intercepted an abandoned medium size wooden boat laden with about 67 drums of products suspected to be PMS around Enwang Creek.

The seized bags of foreign parboiled rice, boat and drums of suspected PMS are currently in Forward Operating Base IBAKA custody.

Recall that the Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA recently immobilised 3 illegal refining sites in Delta state.

This followed the recent discovery by military authorities that some illegal refineries that were dismantled on Bennett Island in February had been reactivated.

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