Maritime Police Arrests Two For Faking Indemnity to Shipping Companies, Stealing of Empty Containers


Okechukwu Onyewuenyi (left) and Chukwuma Ogwashima


Two suspects, Okechukwu Onyewuenyi ‘m’ and Chukwuma Ogwashima ‘m’ aged aged 43 and 42years respectively who are members of criminal syndicates that specializes in hijacking and stealing empty containers from importers and transporters under the pretext of using same for stuffing of export goods were arrested by the Surveillance Team of the Maritime Police Command, Lagos headed by SP Kenneth Ogbeifun on Wednesday 17th April, 2024 after painstaking efforts.

The duo and other members who are at large are fond of faking indemnity to shipping companies and thereafter sell the empty containers to unsuspecting members of the public.

“Luck ran out of these two when a case of stolen containers was reported to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Maritime Police Command, AIG Olofu A. Rhoda, who ordered the Surveillance Team to investigate.

“After a painstaking investigation, the suspects were apprehended in their hideout at Ijegun area of Lagos state, while others took to flight. Other members of the gang at large includes, one Prince Oba, Israel Godwin and others. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

“Meanwhile, the two arrested suspects have since been charged to Court and remanded in prison custody” Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Ehinmode Rowland said in a statement on Monday

He said the AIG, Olofu A. Rhoda warns that all those who are hell bent at committing all forms of criminality will not be spared whenever they are caught.

“The AIG stated further that, the Command under her watch will not relent in fighting crimes being perpetuated at the ports and the nations’ waterways” the statement read

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