The Nigeria Navy in collaboration with NDLEA, NCS and Interpol has tracked a vessel identified as MV CHAYANEE NAREE.
The Vessel was attempting to smuggle narcotics into Nigeria.
Shedding more light on the operation, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, Commander NNS BEECROFT, at a briefing on Thursday, said troops acted on credible intelligence to intercept the vessel.
He said the recent development within the nation’s maritime environment that concerns a recent sting operation conducted through collaborative efforts between the Nigerian Navy and other Law enforcement agencies including the Interpol, the Nigerian custom services, NPA and the NDLEA.
He also said “Acting on credible intelligence from Interpol, the Nigerian Navy, commenced tracking of a vessel, MV CHAYANEE NAREE, suspected of attempting to smuggle narcotics into Nigeria.
Using the Nigerian Navy Falcon Eye Maritime Domain Awareness system, the Navy monitored the vessel and discovered that the vessel departed Santos Brazil on 19 Sep 21 and drifted for a week at a position about 250nm (approximately 500 kilometres) off the coast of Benin Republic from 1 to 8 Oct before setting sail and arriving Nigeria on 8 Oct 21.
Upon entering Nigerian waters, the vessel was intercepted by Nigerian Navy Ship EKULU and escorted to NPA port where she was directed to berth on 9 Oct 21 and taken custody by the Navy.