The bad blood between officers of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Merchant Navy resurfaced in Lagos Monday with the former accusing the latter of impersonation.
Three officers of the Nigerian Navy, Western Command, B-Croft, trailed some members of the Nigerian Merchant Navy to Apapa where they allegedly attacked them.
Allen Edema, the Director General of the Nigerian Merchant Navy, was reportedly stripped naked during the incident which occurred between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
According to a petition by the Network of Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN), the naval officers threatened to capture Mr. Edema “dead or alive”.
“Three members of the Nigerian Merchant Navy who had just left their DG at his hotel at Okun-Owa, Apapa, were accosted by three men who claimed to be Nigerian Navy officers,” stated the petition signed by Okechukwu Nwanguma, National Coordinator, NOPRIN, and addressed to the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff.
”The three Nigerian Navy officers attacked the three Nigerian Merchant Navy officers, accusing them of impersonating the Nigerian Navy,” added the petition, which was also copied to the Chief of Naval Staff, the Inspector General of Police, and the Minister of Transport.