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Unauthorised Entry: Navy Intercepts Vessel With 406 Passengers On Board

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The Nigerian Navy on Thursday said it had arrested a vessel, MV CHIMBA EXPRESS, with 406 passengers on-board, for unauthorised entry into the country.

 

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Okon Eyo,

told newsmen in Lagos that the vessel departed Libreville,

Gabon, on April 20 and was intercepted in  Lagos waters on Wednesday.

 

“The vessel departed Gabon laden with cargo, regular and deportee passengers of Togo,

Benin, Nigeria, Niger and Malian nationalities.

 

“The total number of Nigerians on-board will be determined shortly and among

the Nigerians are 18 deported returnees,” he said.

 

Eyo said the charterer of the vessel, identified as Mubashiu Lawal from Republic of Benin,

claimed that they made contact with Nigerian Port Control to get permission to come in.

 

“This was yet to be granted as at the time of their arrest and it was also

gathered that the international passports of the passengers were with the

agents who claimed to be processing them.

 

“It was also obvious that there was no formal contact at governmental levels for

the delivery of the deportees or returnees,” he said.

 

Eyo said that apart from the issue of unauthorised entry which was the subject of investigation,

the vessel was also in breach of absence of an active Automatic Identification System (AIS).

 

“MV CHIMBA EXPRESS’s gross tonnage is about 677 tonnes.

The international law mandates vessel of more than 350 tonnages to install AIS on-board,

which shows it was operating in violation of the law.

 

“MV CHIMBA EXPRESS visual identity was also found to be mismatched with

its registered name which was identified as RAMADAN IV.

 

“The ship document also shows that the ship was flagged at Cameroon as

against the electronic documentation of registration in HONDURAS,

which is contrary to the provision of the International Maritime Act,” he said.

 

Eyo said that the vessel’s agenda was to dump the passengers in Nigeria,

adding that it would have followed the original passage plan.

 

He also said that relevant agencies were working together to

unravel and deal with the issues.

“To this end, the relevant agencies – Nigerian Navy, NIMASA, Immigration, Customs and

DSS – will be working together to unravel the motives behind the whole affair as

well as deal with other associated issues,” he said. NAN

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