Nigerian Navy Decries Growing Menace of Stowaways in Lagos Waters

The Nigerian Navy (NN) has decried the  growing menace of Stowaways in Lagos Waters. 

For clarity, Director of Information, Commodore Adams-Aliu in a press statement on Wednesday  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. 

Commodore Adams-Aliu noted migration as a stowaway is illegal, dangerous and is considered a security threat to shipowners. 

"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. Consequently, the NN apprehended about 75 stowaways from August 2023 to April 2024.  

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

Serial Date Name of Vessel Number of Stowaways Location Remarks

He said, 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. 

The Nigerian Navy NN 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. Hence, the NN uses this opportunity to discourage Nigerian youths from embarking on such misadventures. 

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