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Nigerian Navy hands over rescued Ghanaians to Consulate

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Two Ghanaian fishermen rescued from drowning at sea on August 3 by operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) have been handed over to the Ghana High Commission in Lagos.

The two men, Francis Cudjoe and John Qualcoo, were seen floating on the water 10 nautical miles Northeast of Dangote Quays Ibeju Lekki by NNS PROSPERITY which immediately carried out an emergency evacuation.

It was later discovered that the fishermen were four but two drowned before the naval ship that was on routine patrol discovered the floating men.

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A statement Monday night by spokesman for the Western Naval Command (WNC), Commander Edward Yeibo, revealed that the rescued men were offered medical attention at NNS BEECROFT from that day till Monday when they were handed over to their country’s representatives in Lagos.

The statement read;

“The rescued men; Mr Francis Cudjoe and Mr John Qualcoo were thereafter recovered to NNS BEECROFT, Naval Base Apapa, where they received medical care and attention. Today, 8 August 2022, NNS BEECROFT handed over the two rescued Ghanaian fishermen to the representatives of the Ghana Consulate in Lagos.

“While commiserating with the Ghanaian Community on the loss of the other two fishermen, the Commander, Naval Base BEECROFT, Commodore Malami Haruna, used the opportunity to reiterate the need for seafarers always to emplace all safety measures, including the use of life jackets within the maritime domain. He further stressed the commitment of the Nigerian Navy towards ensuring the safety and security of all seafarers within Nigeria’s maritime domain.”

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