Navy arrests 8 stowaways in Lagos

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ships, NNS Beecroft, have arrested eight suspected stowaways inside a vessel in Lagos.

The suspects who were identified as Jerry Benjamin, 22; Ben Tony, 19;  Victory Ekemele, 16 and Ike Destiny, 17 hailed from Delta state. Ebuka Solomon, 25 and Christian Eze, 26 are from Enugu; James Vincent, 25 and David from Edo state while Abamiyo, 27 is from Ondo state.

NNS Beecroft in a statement by the Base Information Officer (BIO), Sub – Lieutenant Happiness Collins, said the stowaway suspects were arrested by the patrol team of the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft based on its commitment to maritime security by successfully preventing eight stowaways from embarking on an illegal voyage aboard the Container Vessel NATAL, which was en route to Abidjan.

According to her, “In a display of remarkable vigilance, the patrol team boarded the vessel at Lagos anchorage on November 3, 2023, at approximately 0840 hours, following reliable intelligence.

“The team, under the leadership of Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, Commander NNS Beecroft, took swift and precise action to apprehend the eight stowaways who had concealed themselves inside the vessel’s rudder compartment.
Their intervention ensured that the individuals were not subjected to life-threatening conditions during the extended voyage or exposed to other security risks associated with unauthorized access to such facilities.”

 Commodore Oguntuga, while reacting to the arrest said,  in accordance with established protocols, the stowaways were seamlessly handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for further necessary actions.

“This successful operation reflects the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian Navy in carrying out its constitutional role and underscores the dedication of the Nigerian Navy under the esteemed leadership of Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS),” he said.