Navy arrests two ‘Cotonou boats’ with 22 passengers in Calabar

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The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar yesterday arrested two large wooden boats, popularly known as ‘Cotonou boats’ with 22 passengers alongside 671 bags of rice.

Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), ENC, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, said that the boats from Cameroun were arrested by men of the Navy onboard ‘Nigerian Navy Ship Makurdi’ while on sea patrol along the Calabar waterways.

He said one of the boats was carrying 14 Nigerians with 550 bags of rice, while the other carried eight Camerounians with 121 bags of rice as they were arrested because the passengers on board had no valid travelling documents, hence the need to check them and hand them over to the relevant agencies for further actions.

The FOC said that the Navy would carry out more enlightenment campaigns to sensitise the public on the need to process valid travelling documents before leaving for another country.

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