Immigration nabs five suspected stowaways aboard Spain bound vessel

Immigration nabs five suspected stowaways aboard Spain bound vessel


Segun Oladipupo

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Lagos seaport command said it arrested five Nigerian suspected stowaways including a female.

The female from Edo simply identified as Mercy Osayomwanbor was paraded among four other men allegedly nabbed aboard MT Idi.

According to a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Friday, the arrest was made on board a tanker at about 0206 hours on Wednesday 29th January, 2020.

The statement quoted the Command’s Controller, Comptroller Olubusola Fashakin as saying that the arrest was made possible through a tip-off by the master of the vessel about 156 nautical miles off Lagos shoreline.

She noted that the initial report had it that two of the suspects were aboard the said vessel which was enroute Las Palmas, Spain.

Fashakin said upon rummaging, the personnel discovered five stowaways inside the rubber trunk of the vessel.

The Comptroller added that the arrest provides an opportunity for the service to counsel the suspects to discontinue any act capable of damaging the image of the country under the guise of seeking greener pastures abroad.

Other arrested stowaways include: Chinerem Mmaduagwu, Osasu Othakor, Onikan Sunday and Henry Amuzie.

The suspects have been handed over to the Port Police Command .

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