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Nigerian Navy Arrest 22 Chinese Aliens For Illegal Fishing On Nigeria’s Water

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Nigerian Navy Arrest 22 Chinese Aliens For Illegal Fishing On Nigeria’s Water

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March 18, 2014 – Nigerian Navy Arrest 22 Chinese Aliens For Illegal Fishing On Nigeria’s Water

PORT HARCOURT, March 18, 2014 (AFP) – The Nigerian navy said on Tuesday that it had arrested 22 Chinese nationals for fishing in its territorial waters without permits and travel passports.

Four foreign vessels and their crew were held in the operation, Commodore Godwin Ochai told reporters in Onne, outside the southern oil city of Port Harcourt.

“When our troops went on board… they discovered that the four vessels had no immigration documents, neither did its 22 crew members have international passports,” he added.

“We discovered that the suspects did not have any form of permit to engage in fishing activities in the nation’s territorial waters.”

The suspects, who were arrested last Friday, were later handed over to Nigeria’s immigration service for further investigation, Ochai said.

The impounded vessels were carrying several tons of fish. Television footage showed images of the Chinese nationals being paraded before reporters.

Ochai alleged that the Chinese had breached international maritime laws and procedure by fishing in Nigerian waters without authorisation.

“The Nigerian navy… will continue to go after both foreign and domestic threats capable of undermining the nation’s security and economy,” he said.

“We will go after them, arrest them and put them forward for prosecution.”

A Nigerian immigration officer, Briggs Dawaye, said that a thorough probe would be conducted.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Yvette Omorogbe

    March 19, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    I have lived in China for a decade and the way these peole handle Nigerians is terrible.
    Pls due justice must be served. China is the number illegal oil bunker in Nigeria pls they should search the seized ships properly.

  2. Pretty Joyce

    March 19, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Pls immigration should not collect bribe from them o. Let due justice be served. U need to see how they animals are maltreating Nigerians even in their own country

  3. Franklin Ubah

    March 19, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    They must have been doing this for long Good they were caught

  4. Metu Nyetu

    March 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    They should b treated d exact way they treat us. China is very corrupt! They feel they can do anythn 2 Nigerians n get away wit it.

  5. T Boy

    March 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The Nigeria Police Force should search very well and interrogate intelligently.When China was not even as economically okay as present day they were not coming to Nigeria. I am of the opinion that these are spies rather than some illegal fishermen. take these questions; Where were they leaving before now? How did they get into Nigeria? And lastly since when have they been around?

  6. becky

    March 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    May b they are d 1 supply boko iranu foods

  7. Asiwaju Olu Mayungbe

    March 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    They have stolen from us and must face the wrath of Nigeria law without mercy. They should tried and imprisoned without extradition. If it were us that they caught in their country, they may sentence us to death. If by Nigeria law, they are to be hanged, they should be hanged. Enough is enough. Our hopeless leaders must not take bribe from these criminals.

  8. Asiwaju Olu Mayungbe

    March 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    They should be tried and imprisoned…..

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