In an attempt to stowaway to Europe, The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, has arrested 11 persons along with an impersonator.
Commodore Abraham Adaji, the commanding officer of the ship made this known while addressing journalists at Apapa, Lagos, on Wednesday.
According to Adaji:
Preliminary investigations revealed that the arrested persons boarded the vessel, CITRON, through the rudder trunk access manhole in a bid to travel with the vessel to Europe.
The suspects were arrested at about 12. 30 a.m. on March 11 for illegally boarding Merchant Vessel CITRON berthed at Capital Oil Jetty, Apapa, Lagos.
They were detected and subsequently arrested by our patrol boat.
The names of the stowaways were listed to include; Akinwunmi Jeflando, Pope Olu, Jacob James, Samuel Jodge, Ade Samadin, Dan Gogo, James Akinbami, Paul Oguns, Joseph Emmanuel, Stephen Cooper and Jalo Cooper.
Upon being investigated, one of the stowaway, Olu, said he decided to leave the country via this means as the level of hardship in the country was way too much.
The stowaways were handed over to the Nigerian Immigration for further investigations.