Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Bunkering - Navy Seeks Powers to Prosecute Offenders

Lagos — Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Amen Eked, who disclosed this at the end of a three day sea exercise, said a bill seeking such powers is in the making.

"I think it will be good if the Navy is given powers to prosecute, because it will deter criminally minded persons from converting our waters into safe havens for their activities," he added.

Admiral Eked said it was discouraging to see people arrested for stealing the nation's crude oil go about their businesses after a few days.

He said now that the Navy has returned to sea, criminals will stay away, adding, "Though, there was no arrest during the three day sea exercise, our presence alone at sea sent a message to bunkerers and sea pirates that it is not going to be business as usual".

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