On his part, the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Abdullahi Ahmed, said the navy had a mandate to arrest international vessels which entered Nigeria’s territorial waters without permit.
Ahmed, who jointly signed the handover documents with others, said after the arrest of such vessels the defaulting ships were handed over to appropriate agencies for investigation and possible prosecution.
“This is because illegal entry into any country’s maritime space without permission from relevant authorities is a very serious offence.
“So, the Nigerian navy is on high alert to prevent illicit vessels from entering the nation’s waters to carry out illicit activities such as oil theft and illegal fishing, among others,” he added.
The naval officer said that international waters could not be policed by one country alone hence the collaboration of countries to keep the maritime environment safe and secured. (NAN)