Merchant Seaman Academy Essien Udim – Akwa Ibom State petitions Chief of Naval Staff over closure by operatives of Nigerian Navy

The management of Merchant Seaman Academy in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has petitioned the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, over the closure of the school by operatives of the Nigerian Navy.

The petition, which underscored a lingering face-off between the Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, and the academy, was signed on behalf of the academy’s proprietor, Adams Pius, by his lawyer, Barrister Jiti Ogunye of Jiti Ogunye law Chambers, Lagos.

It was also copied the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris. Pius demanded immediate re-opening of the school.

Pius, in the petition, complained of the violation of his fundamental human rights and threatened to take the Nigerian Navy to court and demand damages; should the authorities refuse to yield to the demand of his client.

The academy located in Uwa West, Essien Udim local government area of was reportedly closed on February 9, this year by officers of the Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee, alleging that the school was a mushroom institution claiming to train manpower for the maritime sector.

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