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Crime Updated: May 21, 2024

Navy apprehends two with 3,500 litres of petrol bound for Cameroon

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
May 21, 2024
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The Nigerian Navy's Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Ibaka has detained two alleged oil thieves who were transporting 3,500 gallons of fuel in a wooden boat on their way to Cameroon.

Capt. Uche Aneke, the Commanding Officer, disclosed on Tuesday while turning over the suspects and equipment to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ibaka.

He shared that the suspects were apprehended near the canals at 11:15 a.m. on May 18 and added that the navy base got an intelligence report of suspected smuggling activity in her area of operations.

“Consequently, our gunboats on routine patrol were vectored to intercept and arrest the two suspected smugglers.

“They were arrested with a wooden boat that contained 3,500 litres of petrol concealed under goods and covered with tarpaulin

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“The intelligence report indicated that the boat was conveying products suspected to have been smuggled from Grey Creek near Effiat Community and headed towards Cameroon,” he said.

He revealed that the navy, led by Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, remains committed to combating all forms of marine crime in the state.

Aneke advised anyone or organisations seeking to engage in smuggling and other types of waterway crime to stop or face the consequences of the law.

The commanding officer indicated that criminal elements in the FOB Ibaka area of operations, which falls within the Eastern Naval Command Area of Responsibility, will continue to be caught utilising advanced surveillance technology and information.

Receiving the suspects and objects, Michael Asibor, Corps Superintendent and Head of the NSCDC's Anti Vandal Unit stated that the incident would be investigated further.

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