Less than 24 hours after announcing the arrest of Petrol thieves, the Nigerian Navy NNS BEECROFT patrol team said it has arrested five stowaways aboard a vessel, MSC MARTHA.
The operation was carried out on August 26, 2023, at approximately 2350 hours, following a reliable tip-off.
The five stowaways were identified as Effiong Okon (44), Ayewuni Daniel (27), Ajagboma Asiko (29), Adebanjo Ayewumi (23), and Christian Joseph (25).
Their arrest took place within the vicinity of the Lagos anchorage, while they were attempting to clandestinely exit the country via the vessel.
Found in their possession were three mobile phones, personal effects, and a sum of N7,900 cash. The confiscated items are now under official custody as evidence in the ongoing investigation.
The NNS BEECROFT patrol team’s swift and efficient response underscores the Navy’s dedication under the watch of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, towards maintaining the security and integrity of the country’s maritime borders.
“The apprehended stowaways are currently held in our custody, as we cooperate with relevant authorities to ensure appropriate legal actions are taken,” the Navy stated.