The Navy Headquarters in Abuja has declared 43 personnel wanted and requested anyone with useful information that could lead to their arrest to report to the nearest Naval facility or police station.
A circular containing the names and photographs of the deserters also mandated all naval personnel with information on the whereabouts of the missing personnel to arrest them “or be dealt with as an accomplice.”
Although no reason was given for the disappearance of the officers, it was gathered that most of the officers, who were serving on Naval Vessels on foreign missions absconded when their ships berthed in Europe.
The circular read: “Above are the Nigerian Navy personnel who have deserted from Service recently.
“Accordingly, you are pleased requested to assist in providing useful information that will lead to their arrest or you may apprehend any one of them when seen and handover to the nearest Nigerian Navy base or security station.”
The memo also provided contact telephone numbers, where information relating to the movement of the wanted officers could be relayed.