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Nigerian Navy Apprehends 75 Stowaways, Expresses Concern Over Lagos Waterways Menace

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) has expressed its concern by the upsurge in cases of stowaways in Nigerian waters.

Commodore A Adams Ali, Director of Information Nigerian Navy in a statement said for clarity, the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) defines a stowaway as someone who is secreted on a ship, or in cargo without the consent of the shipowners or the master or any other responsible person.

He also said Migration as a stowaway is illegal, dangerous and is considered a security threat to shipowners.

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He added that in line with the strategic directive of the Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the NN deployed advanced Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) equipment to vector Quick Response Teams (QRT) to all parts of Nigeria’s territorial waters.

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Consequently, he explained that the NN apprehended about 75 stowaways from August 2023 to April 2024.

The details of stowaways extracted by the NN between August 2023 and April 2024 are shown in the table below:

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The details of stowaways extracted by the NN between August 2023 and April 2024 are shown in the table above

He explained that during the operations, the QRT carefully extracted the stowaways who had concealed themselves inside the rudder compartment of the vessels.

“All apprehended stowaways were handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in accordance with the established protocols for further necessary action.

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“The NN wishes to enlighten the general public on the dangers of attempting to travel as a stowaway.”

“These include severe legal consequences and significant health risks such as negative effects of harsh weather conditions, lack of food and water, injuries and even death.

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According to him, the NN  discouraged Nigerian youths from embarking on such misadventures.

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