Hello 

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.

 

Police to prosecute Russian sailors

08 January 2013, 16:24

 Lagos - Nigeria's navy has transferred for prosecution 15 Russian sailors detained since October for allegedly transporting illegal arms, a navy spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"The police have taken over the custody of the 15 Russians because the navy does not have the power to prosecute them," Lieutenant Commander Jerry Omodara of the Western Naval Command in Lagos, told AFP.

He said the police took over the case on Monday after inspecting the vessel and weapons currently docked at the navy's Beecroft's harbour in Apapa, Lagos, the nation's economic capital and main seaport.

"We have to keep the ship because the police do not have the capacity to keep it. Both the vessel and weapons will be released as exhibits during the trial of the suspects," he said.

Omodara did not however say when the trial will start.

"It is left for the police to decide when to start the trial. The navy has concluded its preliminary investigations," he added.

The MV Myre Seadiver was seized on 19 October off the coast of Lagos by a naval patrol which also detained its 15 crew members.

Weapons found on the vessel included 14 AK-47 rifles with 3 643 rounds of ammunition as well as 22 Benelli MR1 rifles with 4 955 rounds of ammunition.

The intended destination or planned use of the arms was not clear. Nigeria is awash with illegal weapons that have fuelled violence in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer.

Omodara said the vessel had left the Cook Islands in the South Pacific and arrived in Nigeria's waters without permission.

The ship was said to belong to the Moscow-based Moran Group and was flying a Dutch island flag at the time of its seizure.

- AFP

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Buhari strongly accuses own servi...

Nigeria's president Muhamamdu Buhari has accused his army chiefs of failing in the response to the abduction of over 200 girls from a school in Chibok last April.  Read more...

Submitted by
Dr. Brimah calls for the arrest o...

Dr. Peregrino Brimah has begun a campaign for the arrest of serving Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima. Read more...

Submitted by
Abidemi Isaac
The rise of terrorism in Calabar

Cross River State, (The Paradise City) has a population of about 3,337,517 (2011, PC) with her capital sited in Calabar.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Corruption and terror accompanies...

But as much as I wish to be temperate and political, refraining from releasing this article while Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari makes this hallmark trip. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
It is time to change Nigeria’s na...

We are indeed at a point of re-birth. Nigeria strayed for most of its past years since inception and was known for most things not too good.  Read more...

In defence of Radio Biafra

It is quite surprising how all of a sudden the so-called illegal Radio Biafra is increasingly becoming a source of serious concern to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more...