Task force shuts il­le­gal naval train­ing school in Kogi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

The joint mil­i­tary task force has sealed off an il­le­gal Naval sea­farer train­ing school lo­cated at Idah in Idah Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Kogi State. Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day af­ter the oper­a­tion, leader of the task force com­pris­ing the Navy, Army, SSS, po­lice and Civil De­fence Corps, Com­man­der, NNS Lu­gard, Lokoja, Com­modore Mo­hammed Shiwa, said the train­ing school was shut down be­cause it was op­er­at­ing il­le­gally.

He said only the Nige­rian Navy Sea­farer Train­ing School lo­cated in Oron, Cross River State, is rec­og­nized in the coun­try, adding that any other sea­farer in­sti­tu­tion is il­le­gal.

Shiwa, who noted that the school in Idah charges about N30,000 for forms while N265,000 is be­ing charged as tu­ition fees, said the in­sti­tu­tion is cash­ing in on the un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try to ex­tort money from in­no­cent Nige­ri­ans who are de­sirous of jobs.

“Dur­ing the raid, var­i­ous mil­i­tary hard wares and documents were re­cov­ered along­side a pump ac­tion gun and hun­dreds of car­tridges while about 5000 stu­dents are said to have so far en­rolled in the school which com­menced oper­a­tion last year,” he said.

Shiwa said they were in the school on the in­struc­tions of Chief of Naval Staff and the gover­nor of Kogi State, adding that those be­hind the es­tab­lish­ment of the school will be handed over to the po­lice for prose­cu­tion while the stu­dents trainees would be re­leased to go back to their var­i­ous states.

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