Navy Arrests, Detains, Prosecutes Suspected Maritime Criminals

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.Profiles ships involved in stage-managed kidnap attempts

By Chiemelie Ezeobi 

In line with its zero tolerance for maritime illegalities, the navy has, of recent, successfully made several arrests and detained the suspects who are presently being prosecuted.

The Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP), Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, made this disclosure on Monday at the inauguration of 23 officers of the rank of captains and commanders for the maiden four-week Command Level Officers’ course held at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra, Apapa, Lagos.

Headlined by the Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed. and the Commandant, NNS Quorra,  Commodore Isaac Francis, the course was initiated to standardise the selection process of captains and commanders for command responsibilities afloat and ashore.

Osinowo, in his speech, also said the navy has successfully profiled some persons and their ships, who specialise in instigating hoax kidnap attempts, hereby creating false panic about the safety of the maritime domain.

Citing the particular instance of a ship’s captain who was purportedly abducted last month, he said the navy had instigated an investigation that later revealed that the kidnap attempt was a hoax.

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