Navy ar­rests owner, stu­dents of fake mar­itime


Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

The Nige­rian Navy has ar­rested one Origha Charles, said to be the Di­rec­tor of Stud­ies of a fake mar­itime train­ing school in Cal­abar. They also ar­rested and pa­raded six stu­dents of the said school called ‘Flight Ma­rine Safety Academy.’

The Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the Nige­rian Navy Ship, NNS Vic­tory, Com­modore Fred­er­ick Ogu said while parad­ing them that they were ar­rested at the Federal In­land Wa­ter­ways jetty in Cal­abar while re­turn­ing from Cameroon. He said they had on them the same uni­forms and iden­tity cards of the Nige­rian Navy.

Ac­cord­ing to Ogu, they op­er­ated with­out ac­cred­i­ta­tion or au­tho­riza­tion from ei­ther NIMASA or any rel­e­vant se­cu­rity agency. “Their ID cards look ex­actly like naval ID cards. They were just com­ing back from Cameroon when they were ar­rested. The word ‘Ma­rine Navy’ is writ­ten on their ID cards. Apart from the se­cu­rity threat which such anom­aly poses, the ID card alone could be used for fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties”, he said.

He added that due to the se­cu­rity chal­lenges the coun­try is cur­rently fac­ing, it is il­log­i­cal for any self-styled naval train­ing school to en­gage in such high pro­file se­cu­rity aber­ra­tion, adding “these days, people are trained for all sorts of ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties”.

Ac­cord­ing to him, those the fake school listed in their let­ter-head paper as mem­bers of the Board of Di­rec­tors have dis­owned them, and that for some­one to enrol, he must pay more than N120, 000. The navy has since handed them over to the Cross River State com­man­dant of the Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps, Mr Ben­ito Eze who promised to en­sure their prose­cu­tion with­out de­lay.

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