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MWUN Raises Alarm Over Arrest, Detention of 13 Dockworkers By NDLEA ……Call for their immediate release

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN) has raised an alarm over the arrest and continued detention of 13 Dockworkers and crew by the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) since October 13, 2021.
A Statement by the President General of the Union, Comrade(Prince)
Adewale Adeyanju, anii, HFCPSP, said the workers were arrested whilst on duty on board MVCha Yaree Naree which berated at the Green View Development Nigeria Limited Terminal on which Narcotics was said to be found.

According to the statement, “there was no information that the drugs were found on the workers. Surprisingly, the poor workers who were neither the ship Agent not the consignee of the vessel were arrested and kept incarcerated by the NDLEA since October 13th 2021 till date, without being released or charged to Court as would have been done in line with the tenets of the Law.”

“Surprisingly, the poor workers who were neither the ship agent nor the consignee of the vessel were arrested and kept incarcerated but the NDLEA since October 13th, 2021 till date without being released or charged to court as would have been done in line with the tenets of the rule of law.”
Comrade Adewale further disclosed that another four dockworkers who were on duty onboard MV Karteria were on November 7, 2021 arrested the NDLEA operatives over a bag which was said to have been found in the vessel, the content of which was not disclosed.
According to him, “again, the bag that was found with undisclosed content was not found on any of the “innocent” dockworkers arrested and kept in detention for days without being released or charged to court. Their cell phones were also said to have been arrested by the NDLEA operatives.
“Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria is worried as its members seem to be targeted for arrest whilst the ship agent and the consignee who are in possession of the ship manifest are not even interrogated let alone arrested.
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“Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria is not in anyway in support of either importation or peddling of hard drugs into the country but frowns at the continued harassment, intimidation, arrest and detention of our members who have been kept incommunicado for over two weeks without being released or charged to court.
“This is not in tandem with the global best practices.
“Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria hereby call on the NDLEA to immediately release its members in its detention or charge them to court accordingly”, he concluded.
Photo: Comrade Prince Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria
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