Ten Men Get 12 Years in Prison for Chinese Ship Hijacking

Credit: Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (File photo)

Credit: Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (File picture)

A court in Lagos punished 10 guys to 12 years behind bars on Friday for kidnapping the staff of a Chinese- flagged vendor vessel in 2015, the navy stated, a decision that authorities wish will certainly assist deal with piracy in the waters off Nigeria’s shore.

Federal high court Justice Ayokunle Faji, that additionally fined each male 250,000 naira ($ 608) for each and every of the 3 matters for which they were billed, stated their activities in kidnapping 18 staff from the FV HAILUFENG II in May 2020, were “an embarrassment to the nation that has impacted the economy negatively”.

The defense attorney stated the guys would certainly appeal.

The pirating finished when the navy stated it had actually saved the vessel’s staff participants as well as jailed the pirates.

The Gulf of Guinea, which covers greater than a lots West African nations, has actually been referred to as “pirate alley” for many years because of consistent assaults. Last year pirates in the area abducted a document 130 seafarers in 22 different occurrences, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Most of the pirates running in the location originated from the Delta area of Nigeria, which is needy regardless of being abundant in oil sources.

Last year a Nigerian court made the very first sentences under a 2019 anti-piracy legislation. Before that, there was no particular legislation versus piracy.

($ 1 = 411.0000 naira)

(Reporting By Camillus Eboh as well as Tife Owolabi Writing by Libby George Editing by Frances Kerry)

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