War on Bunkering: Navy arrests 6 suspects, destroy illegal barges, smuggling boats

The Nigerian Navy has intensified effort in her fight against crude oil theft and illegal bunkering with the arrests of six suspected oil thieves and destruction of the smuggling boats and barges.

 Making the disclosure in a statement, Director of Naval Information, Rear Admiral Christian Ezekobe said, “The navy is winning the war gradually on daily basis. The Forward Operating Base (FOB) Bonny anti-crude oil theft patrol team acting on information discovered 2 Cotonou boats laden with product suspected to be crude oil along Peter Side Creek. The boats were destroyed along with the products.

“In a similar operation, another Navy Base, FOB Formoso’s patrol team arrested 3 suspected vandals/looters onboard a vessel MT Frankensen. Other items recovered were, one speed boat with 1 x 75 HP engine, one pumping machine, one Hacksaw and spanners.

“Another 2 speedboat mounted with 75HP engine each was also recovered from MT Ashkay, as the suspected vandals jumped into water and swam to a nearby creek on sighting the naval patrol team 3 suspect were arrested and presently in custody for further investigation.

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