A Belgium Vessel, ‘MV Euro Cargo Saleno,’ suspected to be carrying toxic waste on Lagos waters has been arrested by men of the Nigerian Navy.
Commander, NNS Beecroft, Naval Base Apapa, Commodore Chris Ezekobe, who announced the arrest Thursday said three crew members, including the Captain had been detained by the Navy.
He said other crewmembers were under close watch at APM terminal, Tin Can, Island, Lagos.
According to Ezekobe the vessel came into Nigeria from Belgium carrying used refrigerators hidden in three trucks.
He said that the Nigerian Navy was alerted on the arrival of the vessel from intelligence report from the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).
“Based on the information, the Nigerian Navy posted its personnel to be on the lookout for the ship,” he said.
He said that vessel was sighted in Nigerian waters on Wednesday and was immediately arrested.
Ezekobe said the vessel would be handed over to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for further investigation.
He said that NIMASA and other relevant government agencies would search the vessel to determine its actual content.
Confirming the arrest, the Lagos State Coordinator of NESREA Eunice Eze said that the agency received alert from one of its international collaborators that the seized ship was carrying toxic waste.
She said that the importers were aware that the Federal Government banned the importation of used electrical and electronic products into the country.
Her words: Nigeria cannot be used as dumping ground for malfunctioning electronics. What some importers do is to import these items, remove the parts they want and set the remaining on fire. The smoke emitted is not only toxic, but has been found to be the cause of cancer,” she added.