Lagos - Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, in Lagos on Wednesday arrested and handed over to the police six suspects impersonating Nigerian Navy personnel.
NNS also handed over two vessels to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.
Parading the alleged impersonators, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Ilesanmi Alade, said the service would not fold its hands and watch impersonators smearing its name.
"The accused were arrested in naval personnel uniform and had identity cards with Nigerian Navy logo as well as other military accoutrements with navy ranks,’’ Alade said.
He condemned the recent trend of impersonation, especially when navy uniforms were being used to commit crimes, adding that the command was combat ready to deal decisively with such unauthorised persons.
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"It is worrisome when people commit all sorts of crime under the guise of being naval personnel, with impression that the unwholesome act was committed by the military,’’ he said.
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?In another development, Uwadiae said that the command arrested two vessels - CASHMAN Barge and MV ZAHRA, for carrying 70 tonnes of AGO (diesel) without valid papers.
He said MV Zahra was intercepted at the Lagos offshore by NNS Andoni conveying the products to an unknown destination without valid papers, while Cashman Barge was arrested for using forged documents.
Cashman Barge was arrested by the naval command when one Samson Yusuf attempted to use the barge to remove 10 metric tonnes of sludge from MT OCEAN with forged naval papers.