The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, yesterday, said it arrested eight suspected stowaways within Lagos anchorage.
In a press statement by the base information officer, Happiness Collins, the stowaways were attempting to exit the country through a Merchant Vessel, CHARMINAR PANAMA, in Lagos anchorage.
She said, “The stowaways have been identified as, John Festus 30; Kingsley James 34; Egborjede Christopher 43; Lucky Iweru 46; Frank Uche 33, Omosheri Wilson 33, Lisa Segun 37 and Abu Majid 25.
“These stowaways were apprehended inside the vessel’s rudder compartment by the proactive NNS BEECROFT patrol team. In the course of this operation, various items were seized, including mobile phones, provisions, and miscellaneous items.”
She, however, disclosed that the stowaways have been handed over to sister security agencies for further investigation and possible prosecution.
“NNS BEECROFT patrol team’s swift and efficient response underscore the Navy’s dedication under the watch of the Chief of the Naval Staff , Vice Admiral EI Ogalla, towards maintaining the security and integrity of the country’s maritime borders.
“Currently, the apprehended individuals have been handed over to the appropriate authorities, where they await further necessary actions.”