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Maritime crimes: Nigeria extends anti-piracy naval operations till 2018, reduces attacks

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Jude Johnson 

 

The Nigerian Navy has extended the duration of the ongoing anti-piracy operation, Operation Tsare Teku till January 2018.

 

A total of six Nigerian Naval Ships (NNS) are involved in the maritime exercise to steer the country’s territorial waters of criminals and criminality.

 

The Director of Information (DINFO), Capt. Suleman Dahun, stated on Wednesday that the operation was activated in April 2016 in response to the surge in illegalities in the nation’s water and mandated to contain these illegalities.

 

Against this background and the need to sustain the successes achieved so far, Dahun said the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has directed the commencement of the fifth phase of Operation Tsare Teku.

 

“A total of 6 NN ships, NNS OKPABANA, NNS UNITY, NNS NWAMBA, NNS OBULA and NNS SAGBAMA have been assigned for the operation. Some of the objectives of the operation include containing militant activities, sustaining maritime interdiction operations and blockade to deter pirates/robbers and militants,” he stated.

 

The Naval Spokesperson said that since the commencement of Operation Tsare Teku, there has been a marked reduction in pirate attacks in Nigerian waters. In the first half of 2016, 53 pirate attacks on shipping were recorded    with 36 successful.

 

However, he said, in the corresponding period in 2017, only 4 successful attacks occurred out of a total of 17 attempted attacks.

 

Dahun attributed this to the effectiveness of this dedicated anti-piracy operation and enhanced patrols at sea by Nigerian Navy ships.

 

 


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