- Sources say most of the deserters absconded in Europe from vessels on foreign mission
By Kingsley Nwezeh
The Nigerian Navy has declared 43 personnel wanted for desertion.
A circular containing the names and photographs of the deserters, displayed at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja, requested the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing officers to report to the nearest Naval facility or Police station.
The circular also mandated all Navy personnel with information on the whereabouts of the 43 personnel to arrest them or be dealt with as an accomplice.
Although no reason was given for the disappearance of the officers, THISDAY Checks showed that most of the deserters were serving on naval vessels on foreign missions and absconded when the ship berthed in some European countries.
The circular read: “above are the Nigerian Navy Personnel who have deserted from Service recently. Accordingly, you are please requested to assist in providing useful information that will lead to their arrest or you may apprehend any one of them when seen and handover to the nearest Nigerian Navy base or security station”.
It also provided contact telephone numbers, where information relating to the movement of the wanted Officers coukd be reported.
A naval source said the increasing number of desertion in the Service was becoming worrisome.
He said the issue was more rampant among officers serving in vessels and ships assigned on foreign missions.
“The development is very disturbing, the Navy declared 43 personnel wanted for absconding from their duty without permission or resignation. But efforts are on to check the ugly trend,” the source disclosed.
The deserted Officers include, L.O Chiegboka (SVC NN/3764. Ship: NOP Lake Chad), O.S. Itodo (SVC 5872F. Ship: NNH Warri), Anthony E.S. (SVC 18870. Ship: NNS Delta), Yusuf A. (SVC X15018. Ship: NNS Partfinder) Brown I.E (SVC X15545. Ship: NNH Warri) and Adiele S.C (SVC X15782. Ship: NNS SOROH)
Others are, Armstrong K, (SVC 7553. Ship: NNS PARTFINDER), Hassan A. (SVC X7542. Ship NNS PARTFINDER) and Osazuwa G (SVC X15831. Ship: NHQ).