Sixteen Ukrainians were in a ship been arrested by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Bonny, Rivers State for alleged illegal oil trade.
They were caught while operating on a vessel in Nigerian waters on Friday.
Commanding Officer, FOB Bonny, Captain Suleiman Olorundare, said that the foreigners’ activities violated the law of cabotage.
The suspects who were caught while carrying drums suspected to be automated gas oil, without relevant documentation have been handed over to security operatives for further investigations..
“The ship was arrested in our Maritime environment. She was engaged in illegal trading activities that contravene our national law, especially the Cabotage law,” Olorundare said.
The 16 suspects were, thereafter, handed over to the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigations and possible prosecution.
Meanwhile, the oil-rich Niger Delta region has continued to record increasing criminal activities.
An attack was carried out in Bayelsa State on Friday by suspected pirates.
On Friday, gunmen suspected to be pirates attacked a commercial boat en route Yenagoa, the state capital.
Also two passengers, including a pregnant woman, were shot in Thursday’s attack when the pirates attacked the boat travelling from Koluama to Yenagoa.
The suspected pirates also attacked a commercial boat at Okobotuo area, along Akassa-Yenagoa waterways.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Don Awunah, blamed the attacks on increasing insecurity on the waterway and the riverine topography of Bayelsa State.