Lagos: 10 Stowaway Arrested In Two Ships In Apapa


LAGOS MARCH 15TH (NEWSRANGERS)-No fewer than ten stowaway were arrested in two ships in Apapa, Lagos. The ships were MSC Paola and Maersk Chennia in Lagos.
The Comptroller, Lagos Seaports and Marine Command, Modupe Anyalechi, while parading the suspects at Apapa before newsmen said, “Five of the stowaways were apprehended on Sunday at 4pm by officers and men of the Command on board MV MSC Paola at fairway buoy about six nautical miles to finger jetty in Apapa port.”
Anyalechi said in the cause of rummaging the vessel, five suspects were discovered inside the rudder truck, while the other five suspects were arrested on board Maersk Chennia by the Navy and handed over to NIS by NNS Beecroft on Monday.
She said, “Unknown to the suspects, some of the vessels are coastal whose activities are limited to West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.”
She said nine of the stowaways are Nigerians while one claimed to be a national of Niger Republic. Those arrested aboard MSC Paola are Erukudami Musa Moses, Messem Nasuru (Nigerien), Wessey Kelvin, Odiyeye Abiye and Popoola Orife, while those arrested aboard Maersk Chennai are Agba Ifeanyi Victor, Kelly Onikan, Pope Ekele, Odogwu Michael, and Asumah Ukpere.
“In line with the mission of the Comptroller-General of the Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, to curb the menace of illegal migration by our teeming youths through air, land and sea borders, the command has made it almost impossible for the stowaways to access the vessels from the quay side,” Anyalechi further stated.
One of the suspects, Asumah Ukpere who hails from Delta State said he thought the ship was going to Europe.
“So I got into the vessel through the assistance of fishermen when paddling their canoe and entered through the propeller,” he said.
Another suspect, Kelly Onikan revealed that he boarded the vessel to “search of greener pasture in Europe”.
Odogun, an artiste, said he had been performing at different shows without making headway in life, adding that he thought the risk would change his destiny for the better, Popoola, 28, who taught the vessel was Europe bound disclosed that he had prepared to risk it all to go overseas.
According to him, “I will take any risk to find my way out of Nigeria. I have no job. I am doing nothing.”

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