Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Navy arrests 9 Russian sailors

23 October 2012, 07:35

Lagos - The Nigerian Navy on Monday confirmed the arrest of MV Myre Seadiver, a Russian vessel, on suspicion of carrying arms and ammunition at the Lagos roadstead.

Rear-Adm Ameen Ikioda, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, told newsmen in Lagos that the vessel was arrested on Saturday by naval patrol boats.

According to him, nine crew members of the vessel, mostly Russians, were arrested on board the ship which was flying Dutch Island flag and suspected to belong to the Moran group of Moscow.

Ikioda alleged that some of the arms recovered were assorted 14 AK 47 rifles with 3,643 ammunition; 22 barrel rifles, with 4,955 ammunition and an arm, called Benelli MR1, with 20 rifles.

"We discovered that the vessel came into our waters without due notification and has some weapons inside which is an infringement on the laws of Nigeria," he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, has emphasised Navy’s commitment to eradicating illegal bunkering and oil theft.

Ezeoba, who was on two-day official visit to naval formations in Lagos, said the Naval High Command was ready to move the Nigerian Navy forward.

He said that the Navy would as from the next two weeks focus on areas such as infrastructure and capacity building.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...