“With commendable resolve, the patrol team, on Friday, November 3, 2023, around 8.40 a.m., acting on reliable intelligence, boarded the vessel at Lagos anchorage and apprehended eight stowaways attempting to illegally exit the country through the vessel.

“Their arrest took place within the vicinity of the Lagos anchorage, while they were attempting to clandestinely exit the country via the vessel.



“The brave efforts and timely intervention of the patrol team prevented the individuals from being exposed to life-threatening situations in such a confined compartment for the long voyage as well as other security threats associated with unauthorised access to such facilities.

“In a seamless transition, the stowaways have been handed over to the appropriate authority by the established protocols for further necessary actions,” he said.