Nigerians Discovered; Arrested On Oil Tanker Heading To UK

 GBEDU News, International 

        Nigerians who deliberately went to hide in an oil vessel, that sailed from Lagos, have been detained by the British Armed Forces.

    The BBC reports that seven Nigerians, thought to be seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, had “illegally boarded” the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda, an oil vessel, that sailed out of Nigeria on October 6.

The fugitives, who were discovered by the crew on the ship, allegedly threatened to kill those on board.

16 members of the Special Boat Services, backed by airborne snippers, were able to take back the ship as it approached the Isle of Wight last night.

The ship, which has reached Southampton this morning, is now back in the hands of the crew. 

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the incident, saying that the Home Secretary, Priti Patel authorised the raid that freed the crew on the ship.

A tweet from the Ministry of Defence states that  “In response to a police request, the Defence Secretary and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking.”

The tweet also confirmed that the “Armed forces have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained. Police investigations will now continue.” 

Mrs Patel, who represents the constituency of Witham, tweeted that she was "thankful for the quick and decisive action of our police and armed forces who were able to bring this situation under control, guaranteeing the safety of all those on board.”

None of the 22 crew members were injured and the fugitives have been handed over to Hampshire police, this website has learned.

Reporters from GBEDU News have asked the Metropolitan Press Bureau to confirm that the fugitives are at the Hampshire police station. 

A text message was also sent to Abike Dabiri, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser on Diaspora Matter, to see if the Nigerian government would be taking any special measure to see that the fugitives are sent back home.

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