Navy Arrests Fake Marine Academy Operators in Calabar

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by crossriverwatch admin

NNS Victory signpost in Calabar
NNS Victory signpost in Calabar

NNS Victory, a Nigerian Navy Ship in Calabar on Tuesday paraded a man operating an illegal Maritime academy along with the students of the school.

The school named Flight Marine Safety Academy – Nigeria Merchant Navy Institute is said to be located in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The paraded suspects, Charles Origha 45, Director of Studies, Bassey Philip, and five students namely: Aja Daniel, Effiok Isaac, Mbei Leo, Marcellinus Ugbugha, and Ogwu Gladys were arrested because they had no evidence of school license.

Parading the suspects, the Commander NNS Victory, Commodore Frederick Ogu said the suspects were arrested during a patrol on the National Inland Jetty Calabar and discovered that they operated without the license from the regulatory body, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Academy, NIMASA, adding that the suspects were on their way from maritime training in Cameroon.

“We arrested these people who claimed to be principal head and students of Flight Marine Safety Academy-Nigeria Merchant Navy Institute located in Obubra Local Government Area but have no proven documents or license with the appropriate regulatory body, they claimed that they were returning from a maritime training in Cameroon.

Commodore Ogu said after interrogation the man who identified himself as Charles Origha and claims to be the Director of Studies of the school mentioned the names of some prominent people whom he said are members of the governing board of the school, “But we have called those people mentioned but they all denied being members of any board of directors of any maritime school in the country. We have gone through their identity cards and other documents and discovered that there are not genuine. All the names on their documents are fraudulent”.

Speaking with newsmen, the prime suspect, Mr Origha said they were arrested while returning from Cameroon on a training session “The school has been registered with the corporate affairs commission and the state ministry of education with affiliation to Cross River University of Technology, those people working as board of directors have now denied this school because they want to stay off trouble but there is no big deal.” he said

Origha said that other persons arrested on board alongside with him are students of the institute and have nothing to do with the managerial aspects of the school.

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