NNS BEECROFT Commander Bashir Mohammed, in a signed statement, said that the stowaways were arrested on Tuesday, November 30, and had been turned over to the Nigerian Immigration Service.
“Findings during interrogation revealed that MT CHEMSTRANS BALTIC was heading to Europe.
“The suspects had gained illegal access to the ship, but were seized by the crew and handed over to the NNS BEECROFT patrol team during routine port patrol,” he said.
Mohammed said the stowaways were between 23 and 27 years old and came from different parts of the country.
“The suspects confessed that they traveled to Lagos with the intention of leaving the country for Europe in search of greener pastures before being detained,” Mohammed said.
He advised Nigerians to always follow due process of migration to avoid sanction and commended the NNS BEECROFT patrol team for the arrest.
Mr. Mohammed conveyed the Naval Chief of Staff’s commitment to support the Nigerian Immigration Service and other stakeholders in curbing crime in the maritime environment.
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