The Nigeria Navy has arrested ten pirates who were reported to have attacked a Chinese Vessel on the coast of Cote de Viore on May 15. 

Commodore IA Shettima, Commander NNS BEECROFT disclosed this in a statement on Monday, May 18. 

Shettima said the Chinese Vessel, MV Hailufang (II) was attacked by pirates who then hijacked the vessel which had 18 crew members; Chinese, Ghanaian and Ivorians on board. 

Photo: Arrested Pirates

Immediately after the pirates hijacked the vessel, they sailed towards Nigerian waters were the Nigerian Navy intercepted them. 

Speaking further, Shettima said the Nigeria Navy launched the attack after receiving a distress alert from the Beninous Navy about the attack. 

"The Nigeria Navy was alerted of the pirate attack, and immediately, the Nigeria Navy Ship NGURU was dispatched to intercept the vessel". 

He said the vessel was intercepted at about 140nm South of Lagos Fair Bouy, but the pirates failed to comply to orders of the Navy Ship. 

"Following the failure to obey the order of the Navy Ship, the Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All ship crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were arrested", said Shettima. 

Shettima noted that the Nigerian Navy has always been on the verge of rescue as it has been helping in regional security of pirate attacks outside Nigerian waters. 

He urged other neighbouring countries to always share sensitive information as it will help deepen regional cooperation. 

He also warned perpetrators to desist from such act as the Nigeria Navy will not relent in bringing an end to pirate attacks.


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