Navy arrests 20 foreigners, intercept two wooden boats carrying cannabis

While on normal patrol, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT arrested 20 foreigners and intercepted two wooden boats carrying 268 bags of cannabis.

Rear Admiral Bashir Mohammed, Commander of NNS BEECROFT, claimed in a statement released by Lieutenant E. Ephraim, Information Officer of NNS BEECROFT, that the boat was filled with 268 bundles of cannabis worth over 120 million Naira, 3 barrels of AGO each containing 200 liters, and 11 phones.

On January 14, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT seized some foreigners and a wooden boat filled with 261 bags of cannabis, 413 bags of rice, and petroleum items, according to the release. On Friday, the MV CHESAPEAKE BAY caught seven stowaways at Tincan Island jetty in Apapa.

The arrested suspects said that they boarded the vessel through the rudder compartment of the vessel with the intention to travel to Germany.
 Rear Admiral Mohammed disclosed that in the last 4 months, about 81 foreigners have been arrested for various crimes such as smuggling of cocaine, marijuana, rice, and petroleum products.
 The cannabis and arrested suspects will be handed over to NDLEA and the stowaways will be handed over to the Nigerian Police Forc. Mohammed also commended the ships of the Western Fleet for their commitment and unalloyed loyalty in living up to the assigned responsibility of the Western Naval Command.
 He further added that the trend of foreigners from neighbouring countries infiltrating Nigeria’s maritime space with contraband is worrisome and the arrest will send a message to criminals of the Nigerian Navy’s resolve of zero-tolerance to illegalities.

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