The Lagos State Police Command has raided an illegal Nigerian Merchant Navy Camp and arrested tens of suspects and exhibits.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu while parading the suspects before media men at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja on Wednesday said “Today, November 10, 2021, at about 1100hrs, the Command raided the illegal training camp of the Merchant Navy located in Ogudu Sand field area, Lagos State and arrested the Commanding Officer, Sunday Dakare, a male aged 47.

Others arrested with him were 107 suspects currently on training. The arrest was made based on credible actionable intelligence on the illegal activities of the Merchant Navy following which the Command embarked on intensive surveillance on the camp and its activities therein.

“Consequent upon intensive monitoring of the camp, and its operators, the Command carried out a well-coordinated overt operation at the training camp at the early hour of today”.

During the raid which was coordinated by the Operations Department of the Command, the following items were recovered: several military accoutrements including, camouflage, badges of ranks, flag, signboard, ID cards.

Other items recovered include recruitment letters, promotion letters, a portrait of the Commanding Officer, two motorcycles, one plasma TV, three cutlasses, criminal charms and other items.

In the course of interrogation, it was discovered that the Nigerian Merchant Navy also called the COASTAL DEFENCE FORCE has been operating illegally since 2005.

Odumosu said “recall that the Nigerian Merchant Navy has since been outlawed by the Federal Government hence it is illegal for anyone to operate such a military outfit giving military training to unsuspecting young Nigerians. This trend portends danger for our Nation and a threat to peace and security. It, therefore, behoves us as a law enforcement agency to enforce such law banning activities of the illegal military outfit.

“I want to use this medium to warn other individuals or groups still operating such illegal outfit in any part of the State to close it forthwith. Anyone nursing the plan to operate such an outlawed security outfit is advised in his own interest to rescind the decision or face the full wrath of the law. The police will not hesitate to clamp down on them and their operators and bring them to book. We, therefore, urge members of the public with useful information about anyone operating a clandestine military outfit or training camp to inform the police for urgent necessary action”.


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