- An illegal maritime institution in Akwa Ibom state has been shut indefinitely by the Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee
- The institution, Merchant Seaman Academy, was said to have resumed academic activities in 2016 after its activities were stopped in 2013
- The proprietor, Adams Pius, and three others were arrested and handed over to the police
An illegal maritime institution, Merchant Seaman Academy, has been sealed by the Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom state. Four persons including the school's proprietor, Adams Pius, has been arrested.
The school, which is situated in Essien Udim local government area of the state, resumed academics activities in 2016 after its activities were stopped in 2013, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Captain Suleiman Ibrahim, the executive officer of the NNS Jubilee, said that the activities of the institution were proscribed by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan because it did not have the capacity to train merchant navy.According to him, the navy received an intelligence report that the institution, after it was proscribed, resumed operation.
He said: “This year, we received an intelligence report that the same school resumed training of young Nigerians in maritime studies in spite of the fact that there is no authority for them to do so.
“This was what led to our raiding of this place; we are shutting it down once more. We will also find out from the proprietor what authority he has to continue training young innocent Nigerians when he fully knows that the school does not have the capacity for this kind of training."
Captain Ibrahim, who said the NNS Jubilee stormed the institution on Friday, October 5, said they had handed the four suspects and 19 students to the divisional police officer of the area.
According to the 46-year-old proprietor of the school, the school applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission and received a memorandum of understanding. He also said the school was accredited by the National Board for Technical Education.
Pius added: “I have the accreditation certificate. As I am talking to you, the students passed through JAMB to gain admission into the academy. We don’t send text messages to students through fraudulent means as alleged.
“We go into the Central Admission Processing System, and once a person gets admission from the CAPS, JAMB will send the names of those students to the porter; it is then that the students will contact the school for admission."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that about eight suspected smugglers were arrested by the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, in the Mbo local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
The navy also seized 642 bags of rice, four outboard engines, a water pumping machine and two wooden boats.
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