By Oladapo Udom
Nigerian Navy arrested 10 suspected vandals carrying 210,000 liters of diesel, Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), concealed in water tanks inside a large wooden boat around Lagos anchorage.
A statement from the Nigerian Navy Vessel Information Officer (NNS) BEECROFT, Second Lieutenant. Veronica Effiong on Saturday said the vandals were arrested on May 8 by NNS BEECROFT staff during a routine patrol.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are of Nigerian origin and were attempting to smuggle AGO into the Republic of Benin prior to their arrest,” the officer said.
She said NNS BEECROFT Commander Commodore Bashir Mohammed reiterated the grassroots commitment to protecting critical national infrastructure and eradicating illegal activities in his area of responsibility.
“This is in line with the mission statement of the Chief of the Naval Staff and the 2021-5 strategic direction.
“The determination of the Nigerian Navy to rid Nigeria of all forms of crime and the establishment of a safe maritime environment for legitimate businesses has yielded a positive result,” she said.
Effiong said the vandals and seized proceeds were turned over on June 15 to the Lagos Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) for further investigation and prosecution.
“I urge members of the public, especially our host communities, to provide grassroots credible information to help curb the activities of criminal elements and economic saboteurs,” she said. (NAA)