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The Navy rescues Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians from pirates

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The Nigerian Navy has rescued 18 crew members of a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, from pirates attack in the Gulf of Guinea.

The ship crew members, comprised of Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivoirians, and were attacked by pirates on May 15, 2020, off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.

The pirates took control of the vessel and immediately directed it to Nigerian waters.

The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT, Ibrahim Shettima, said in a statement that the crew members were rescued and 10 pirates were arrested.

The statement read in part, “The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel towards Nigerian waters.

“The vessel had 18 crew members, comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivoirians. The Nigerian Navy was alerted to the attack and it immediately dispatched the NNS NGURU to intercept the vessel.

“On interception of the vessel at about 140 nautical miles south of Lagos’ Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the navy ship.

“Hence, the NN had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All the ship’s crew were safely rescued, while 10 pirates were arrested.

“This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy, which covers Nigeria’s outermost maritime area of interest, encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG.

“This underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of response capability.

“For instance, this rescue effort was bolstered by additional intelligence received from the Benin navy during the operation.”

Shettima warned criminals in the Gulf of Guinea to desist from their acts or face the full wrath of the law.

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