The Cameroonian Navy has intercepted three fishing vessels off the coast of Cameroon in a restricted zone in possession of ammunitions heading to the Bakassi Peninsular with 43 persons on board.
Occupants of the vessels were arrested along the coast with modern sophisticated weapons and bullets and taken to the Gendarmerie post for investigations.
Looking at the names written on the fishing vessels and the flag, it automatically portrays that the fishing vessels are from neighbouring Nigeria.
According to Navy Intelligence Officers, they had received intelligent information of ammunition to enter into Cameroon through the Cameroon territorial waters. The information received placed all fishing vessels on very high alert, especially within the Bakassi Peninsular.
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, at exactly 9:00pm the Cameroon Navy on patrol in the oil field of Bakassi Peninsular intercepted one of the vessel and the other two were captured at about 2:00am on Friday September 7, 2018, at Kole, a locality South of the Bakassi Peninsular.
Reports say a boat belonging to one of the fishing vessels escaped with some persons on board. At press time, it was not clear what the escaped boat had on board.
According to the Navy Commander, the three vessels with 43 persons on board had sophisticated weapons.
“Automatic weapons were discovered in these vessels with 43 persons on board. In fact, the automatic weapons that have been retrieved here by the Cameroon Navy is enough to cause havoc in a community”, the Navy Commander added.
The Navy Commander further revealed that security within Cameroon territorial waters have been intensified with specific instructions from the Commander of the Armed Forces, H.E President Paul Biya.