ILLEGAL ARMS: NIGERIAN NAVY HAND OVER RUSSIAN CREW TO POLICE FOR PROSECUTION

Combative seamen onboard NNS Brass, a Nigerian Navy ship commissioned in 1976

Combative seamen onboard NNS Brass, a Nigerian Navy ship commissioned in 1976

VOICE OF NIGERIA
By Chiamaka Ikechukwu
Lagos
7 January, 2013

The Nigerian Navy has handed over 15 Russian crew members of the Myre
Seadiver to the police for prosecution. The vessel, which was intercepted on
October 19, 2012 in Lagos, contained
AK47 rifles with 3, 643 ammunition and 22 Benelli MR1 20 barrel rifles with 4, 955 rounds of ammunition.

The Commander NNS Beecroft,Commodore Martins Njoku said the hand
over was in line with the constitution. “We have been doing preliminary
investigation as to why they were on
our water… according to the
constitution, the Navy is handing them
over to the Nigeria Police to continue
the investigation.” he explained.Commodore Njoku also handed over their international passports as well the key to the ship’s armoury to the Deputy
Commissioner of Police Special Fraud
Unit, Zubairu Muazu.

Mr. Muazu said that the police would do
all it could to reveal the mission of the
ship in Nigeria. “We would like to assure Nigerians that proper investigation will be carried out to unravel the mission of the ship in our waters.” he said.

The handover comes three months after
the arrest and preliminary investigation
by the Nigerian Navy. The vessel would remain at dockyard of the Western Naval Command until further notice.

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One Response to ILLEGAL ARMS: NIGERIAN NAVY HAND OVER RUSSIAN CREW TO POLICE FOR PROSECUTION

  1. jimmy says:

    Please OGA EYIMOLA
    I await your comments apparently based on what I wrote yesterday the N.N. has restated the constitutional duties to arrests, detain, and handover for prosecution people who do not declare that they are carrying high caliber weapons before entering into Nigerian territorial waters.
    This is serious business.

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