The Nigerian Naval Ship, NNS, BEECROFT, stated it arrested 97 stowaways within the final 12 months who had been handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS).
This was contained in a press release on Friday in Lagos by NNS BEECROFT’s Information Officer, Sub-Lt. Veronica Effiong.
Effiong stated that the arrests had been made as a part of efforts by the Nigerian Navy to rid the nation’s maritime area of all illegalities, together with human trafficking.
“Nigerian Naval Ship BEECROFT, through robust patrols in the last 12 months, arrested 97 stowaways in the Lagos waters, all of which have been handed over to the NIS.
“Last Saturday, the bottom patrol group arrested three suspected stowaways aboard MT SCF ALPHINE across the Lagos anchorage.
“Preliminary investigations by the base reveal that all the stowaways accessed the vessel to migrate to Europe illegally,” she stated.
According to her, the Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, reiterated the dedication of the Base to safe Nigeria’s territorial waters.
She stated that the dedication was according to the Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo’s Strategic Directive of 2021-5.
“I urge members of the public, especially our host communities, to kindly furnish the base with credible information to assist it in curbing the activities of criminal elements and economic saboteurs,” the officer stated in a report by NAN.