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NAVY RAISES ALARM OVER INCREASE IN STOWAWAY INCIDENTS

The Nigerian Navy, NN says it has intensified efforts to combat the alarming increase in stowaway incidents within Nigerian waters, expressing deep concern over the trend.
This is contained in a statement  signed by the Director Naval Information, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu in Abuja.
 The statement reels out that, individuals who clandestinely board ships or cargo without permission, pose serious security risks and are deemed illegal migrants under the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic.
According to the statement, the NN
under the strategic directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla has deployed advanced Maritime Domain Awareness equipment to enable Quick Response Teams to swiftly respond to stowaway incidents across Nigeria’s territorial waters.
It notes that this proactive approach has led to the apprehension of approximately 75 stowaways from August 2023 to April 2024.
The statement explains that NN’s operations have uncovered a concerning pattern, with stowaways often concealing themselves within the rudder compartments of vessels.
It highlights notable interceptions to include the MSC MARTHA, CHARMINAR PANAMA, and MT UOG CONSTANTINE, among others, in various locations such as the Lagos Channel and Fairway Buoy.
All apprehended stowaways have been promptly handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for necessary legal action, underscoring the gravity of such offenses.
The NN emphasizes the severe legal consequences and health risks associated with stowaway attempts, including exposure to harsh weather conditions, lack of sustenance, injuries, and even fatalities.
“In light of these developments, the NN urges Nigerian youths to refrain from engaging in such perilous endeavors and emphasizes the importance of lawful migration channels”.
Commodore Adams-Aliu states that this concerted effort aims to safeguard maritime security and deter illegal activities in Nigerian waters.
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