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Navy Arrests 8 Stowaways Inside Europe-Bound Ship


The Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft, Apapa Lagos, has arrested eight stowaways from a Tanker Ship, CHARMINAR PANAMA which was on its way out of the country to Europe, in the early hours of Thursday.

The stowaways, all Nigerians, said to have sneaked into the vessel under the cover of darkness, were found inside the vessel’s rudder compartment, with some loaves of bread biscuits and sachets water, within Lagos Anchorage.

This is just as the Base also arrested six suspects, among them a female who had been impersonating the Navy.

While handing over the stowaways to the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS in Apapa, the Base Operation Officer, Lieutenant Commander Tunde Ali, explained that ” At about 2.20 am on Wednesday, September 28, 2023, the Base patrol team received information on the presence of eight suspected stowaways onboard CHARMINAR PANAMA.

“The patrol team moved to the vessel and discovered eight men in the rudder of the vessel: 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.

“They were subsequently disembarked and taken on board.

” We are handing them over to the appropriate security Agency, which is the Nigeria Immigration Service, today, (yesterday)for appropriate action”.

After signing the handover notes, a representative of the NIS, Daniel Duguryil, said the stowaways would be profiled and thereafter handed over to an appropriate security agency for further investigation.

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