The Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, has shut an illegal maritime institution, Merchant Seaman Academy, operating in Akwa Ibom State.
The proprietor of the academy which is located in Uwa West, Essien Udim Local Government of the State, Mr. Adams Pius and three of the instructors were arrested and handed over to the Ikot Ekpene Division of the Nigeria Police.
The operation, led by the Executive Officer, Naval Ship, NNS Jubilee, Captain Suleiman Ibrahim, resulted in the evacuation of students by a team of Police and Navy for repatriation to their states.
Navy said the proprietor connived with suspected syndicates at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The suspected syndicates allegedly sent text messages to the unsuspecting admission seekers, saying they had been admitted into the illegal maritime academy.
According to Captain Ibrahim, Navy received intelligence information that the institution had begun operation, following which the school was raided and shut down .
“The school was shut in 2013, because it does not have the capacity to embark on this kind of training. When we got intelligence information about the existence of this place sometime ago, we raided the place and the institution was temporarily closed.
“This year, we received intelligence information that the same school has resumed training young Nigerians in maritime studies despite that there is no authority for them to do so. That led to our raiding the place and shutting it down again,” said Ibrahim.