In a display of exceptional vigilance, the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol team while on routine patrol successfully intercepted and apprehended some individuals on Tuesday, 17 October 2023 at about 1900 (7pm) at obscured spaces of the stern gate onboard GWANGZHOU HIGHWAY PANAMA, which was enroute Ghana.
Accordingly, Western Regional Control Center (WRCC) was immediately informed and prompted the vessel to halt within Lagos anchorage.
Initially, 4 stowaways were apprehended from the stern of the vessel. However, information provided by these individuals revealed the presence of additional stowaways inside the ship. Following a comprehensive search, an astonishing 7 more stowaways were uncovered within the ship, bringing the total to 11 stowaways who were promptly disembarked from the vessel and taken into custody.
The apprehended individuals identified as: 1. Shedrack David 19yrs from Ondo State.
2. Emmanuel Godbless 30yrs Delta State.
3. Ibrahim Hassan 30yrs Adamawa State.
4. Solomon Francis 21yrs Ondo State.
5. Bolaji Johnson 28yrs Ondo State.
6. Samsom Aimy 37yrs Bayelsa State.
7. Ayefuwei Collins 27yrs Delta State.
8. Ayo Gula 28 Delta State.
9. Jolomi Daniel 23yrs Ondo State.
10. Abubakar Ibrahim 19yrs Zamfara State and
11. Precious Uwalogho 30yrs Delta State.
They have been handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in accordance with the established protocols.
Apart from the stowaways putting themselves in life threatening situations during the long voyage at sea, they also present myriad of safety and security challenges. Accordingly, this arrest and handover by the patrol team is an essential reminder of the critical role the Nigerian Navy plays in ensuring maritime security as well as upholding the rule of law which underscores the Navy’s unwavering dedication under the watch of the Chief of the Naval Staff , Vice Admiral EI Ogalla, towards maintaining the security of the country’s maritime domain.
Attached are images illustrating the successful interception , arrest and handover of the 11 stowaways.
Sub-Lieutenant HA COLLINS
Base information officer
Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT.