The Nigeria Ship Owners Association (NISA) says it has intensified the search for their National President, Capt Dada Niyi Labinjo who was allegedly arrested in September 2018 by the Nigerian Navy over unknown offences.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the Lagos State Coordinator of NISA, Captain Franklin Akinpelumi said the Navy told the NISA delegates who had visited some of the Naval bases that Labinjo was being detained on “orders from above”
He said all efforts to find out the whereabouts of the fifteen persons have yielded no result.
Labinjo, his wife Bola Labinjo and thirteen others arrested by the Nigerian Navy since September, 2018.
Akinpelumi said that the case could be as a result of a running battle that the Captain Labinjo had with the Navy, a notion which he said that the Navy had dismissed in a report.
But in a view to seek the current location of the ship owners boss, members of the association have decried the scanty information made available to them by operatives of the Navy.
The Lagos Coordinator of NISA queried the continued detention of the NISA President and others without access to their families and associates, saying it is a violation of human right ,noting that his arrest was shrouded in secrecy.
Akinpelumi expressed worries over the age limit of his president and that of the wife,saying ” these people are well above sixty and they need the basic necessity of life.
“We have made several attempts to visit him in some of the Naval base but they won’t allow access to see him”
“According to them, they cannot allow access to Labinjo because its an order from above”
He also alleged that the only information gathered about their leader is that the fact that he is in Abuja naval facility, adding that NISA has explored other means to get the current location of Labinjo.
According to the coordinator, “NISA will not support anybody that is found wanting against the law” but maintained that indefinite detention of the President and others is against the law of the country.
“We actually look at the reasons why the detention has dragged for so long . We have been to Abuja to ask top naval officers what the problems were but the information we got was so scanty and it is that bad.
Akinpelumi said due process ought to be conducted despite the allegations levelled against their president adding that the highhandedness of the Naval authorities must be questioned.