16 persons arrested as Navy uncovers illegal training camp in Lagos

Some of the trainees arrested
Some of the trainees arrested

An illegal training camp has been uncovered by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Badagry Lagos. The illegal base at Oto-Awori, Ijanikin, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway is being used by a syndicate to train prospective applicants into the Nigerian Navy.

Arrested were four management staff of a maritime agency, who have been parading themselves as Naval officers, and 12 recruits, who claimed to have paid between N50,000 and N250,000 as admission fees into the Navy.
One of the suspects, Lukemon Bello, who was clad in Navy uniform with the rank of a Master Warrant Officer, was accosted by soldiers at Irekiti area of Badagry, last Tuesday. They contacted FOB only to discover that he was not a Naval personnel.
Preliminary investigation by the FOB Commander, Commodore Simon Dogo, led to the discovery of the illegal training camp, where some Nigerians, among who were three ladies, were undergoing training.
The trainees, who were discovered to have come from different parts of the country, said they paid N30,000 for the training after an earlier payment of N150,000 as recruitment fees into the Nigerian Navy.
While some of them claimed to have stumbled on the notice of recruitment into the Nigerian Navy on the internet, others said they were contacted by their relatives and friends.
Briefing journalists while handing the suspects over to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, the Commander,NNS Beecroft, Commodore Morris Eno, said: “The illegal camp has about 35 trainees and four staff.
“However, we have only four staff and 12 of the trainees with us, while 23 other trainees were reported to be on Christmas break and yet to resume. It is instructive to note that these illegal maritime agencies have been dissolved and proscribed through the Federal Government official gazette Number 58, Volume 100, in 2013.”
Shortly before they were handed over to the NSCDC, one of the trainees, Musa Nasiri, a Banking and Finance graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, said he paid N150,000 as admission fee into the Navy.

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