The Nigerian Navy has arrested 22 Thai nationals for allegedly trafficking 32.9kg of cocaine from Brazil to Nigeria.
The seafarers had been arrested on-board MV CHAYANEE NAREE, by the joint group following an intelligence report it acquired from the UK Border Force.
It was gathered that the cargo ship left Santos in Brazil on September 19, 2021, and the UK Border Force found that the vessel was heading to Nigeria.
All 22 crewmen are being detained on board the ship on the Lagos Port Complex whereas the investigation continued.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday, October 14, the Commander of NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, mentioned the temporary is aimed toward informing the general public on a growth throughout the nation’s maritime surroundings that issues a current sting operation performed by means of collaborative efforts between the Nigerian Navy and different Law enforcement companies together with the Interpol, the Nigerian customized providers, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the NDLEA.
Commodore Mohammed mentioned the joint safety group, appearing on credible intelligence from Interpol, naval officers, commenced monitoring of a vessel, MV CHAYANEE NAREE, which was suspected of making an attempt to smuggle narcotics into Nigeria.
He mentioned with assistance from the Nigerian Navy Falcon Eye Maritime Domain Awareness system, the safety group began monitoring the motion of the vessel.
Mohammed mentioned throughout the investigation it was found that the vessel departed Santos Brazil on September 19, 2021, and drifted for every week at a place about 250nm (roughly 500 kilometres) off the coast of Benin Republic from October 1 to October 8 earlier than setting sail and arriving Nigeria on October 8, 2021.
“Upon entering Nigerian waters, the vessel was intercepted by Nigerian Navy Ship EKULU and escorted to NPA port where she was directed to berth on October 9, 2021, and taken custody by the Navy. Thereafter, other agencies were invited to conduct an extensive and comprehensive search of the vessel for narcotics and other contraband items,” he said.
“The suspected vessel was completely searched by a mixed group of Nigerian Navy, Interpol Nigeria, Nigerian Customs Service and Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The Search started on October 9, 2021, and at about 6 pm on October 13, 2021, the efforts of the search group had been rewarded when a bag was discovered within the Vessel’s Cargo Compartment One
“Tests performed on the contents of the bag by the NDLEA confirmed the substance to be cocaine wrapped in 30 slabs weighing 32.9 kg. Accordingly, the substance was handed over to the NDLEA whereas additional search and investigation continued on each nook and cranny of the vessel,” he added.
Also talking on the arrest and seizure, the Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, Ibrahim Malanta Yusuf, mentioned it’s gratifying to level out that, the success of the operation on account of the superb synergy and collaborative efforts between the NN, Interpol Nigeria, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Customs Service.
He mentioned because the Investigation progress collectively and the continual search of the Vessel, further data will probably be launched to the press on the case.
“The desired finish state by all events concerned within the prosecution of all these concerned on this nefarious act in line with the legal guidelines of the land.” he added.
Those on the occasion embrace the consultant of the Chairman of NDLEA, Mrs Mercy Thompson, the consultant of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Head of Interpol Lagos, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Nwogwu Martins.