Preceding the successful rescue operation and arrest of the 10 Nigerian pirates on the 16th of May 2020 by the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has announced its decision to prosecute them under the new Anti-Piracy Act. Dr. Jamoh Bashir, who was represented by the head of Legal Services of the agency, Mr. Victor Egejuru, said this today 19th of May 2020 during the official handover of the pirates by the Nigerian Navy.
On the 16th of May 2020, a Nigerian Vessel, NNS Nguru mobilized from Lagos to intercept MV HAILUFANG II hijacked by 10 Pirates off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire having 18 crew on board.
The Navy team took a proactive measure which resulted to the arrest of the 10 Pirates and rescue of the vessel’s 18 crew of different nationalities: 8 Chinese, 3 Ghanaians and 7 Ivorians.
The rescue operation was achieved within 24 hours as the vessel was in total command of the Nigerian Navy at 21:45 hours of the 16th of May 2020.
Bricks salutes the swift and coordinated execution of the rescue operation by the Nigerian Navy and our Flag State Administration (NIMASA) which further validates Nigeria on the frontline in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and the entire West Africa region.
Several explosions were reported to occur on board Aframax crude oil tanker “JAG LEELA” in the morning of Monday 11th May 2020, followed by a major fire with billowing black smoke. Tanker is drydocked at shipyard Belawan, Medan, Malacca Strait, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Several workers were said to suffer burns and were hospitalized. Unknown number of workers were reportedly trapped inside. It was stated that the fire spread to a nearby vessel. Dozens of fire engines and tugs with water cannons were deployed. It was gathered that the fire was still raging as at 0600 UTC of May 11