High Command of the Nigerian Navy has declared 43 personnel wanted for desertion.
A circular displayed at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja with the names and photographs of the deserted officers also requested the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing officers to report to the nearest naval facility or police station.
It urged naval personnel with information on the whereabouts of the absconded personnel to arrest them or be dealt with as an accomplice.
While no reason was given for the disappearance of the officers, sources said they were serving on naval vessels and ships on foreign missions and may have absconded when the ship berthed in countries in Europe.
“Above are the Nigerian Navy personnel who have deserted from service recently. Accordingly, you are pleased requested to assist in providing useful information that will lead to their arrest or you may apprehend any one of them when seen and handover to the nearest Nigerian Navy base or security station,” the circular reads in part.
A senior naval officer, who pleaded anonymity, said the increasing number of desertions is becoming worrisome.
He said the crime is more rampant among officers serving in vessels and ships assigned on foreign missions.
“The development is very disturbing, the navy declared 43 personnel wanted for absconding from their duty without permission or resignation. Efforts are on to check the ugly trend,” the source revealed.
The deserted officers include L.O Chiegboka (SVC NN/3764, Ship: NOP Lake Chad), O.S. Itodo (SVC 5872F, Ship: NNH Warri), Anthony E.S. (SVC 18870, Ship: NNS Delta), Yusuf A. (SVC X15018, Ship: NNS Partfinder), Brown I.E (SVC X15545, Ship: NNH Warri) and Adiele S.C (SVC X15782, Ship: NNS SOROH).
Others are: Armstrong K, (SVC 7553, Ship: NNS PARTFINDER), Hassan A. (SVC X7542, Ship NNS PARTFINDER) and Osazuwa G (SVC X15831, Ship: NHQ) among others.
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