Attempt To Share From National Cake Lands Oil Thieves In Navy’s Net
When Nsidebe Monday, 26; David Etim, 31; Oto Bassey, 29, and Benjamin Abia left their homes the only thing on their mind was sharing from Nigeria’s national cake.
They had started implementing their plans when officials of the Nigerian Navy arrested them for alleged illegal bunkering of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in southern Nigeria.
The suspects were moving the product, already syphoned from Rivers to Akwa Ibom State, when they were apprehended.
Giving an update on efforts of the Navy to check activities of oil thieves that dip their hands into Nigeria’s revenue, an official of the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, said boats and outboard engines used in illegal bunkering and smuggling of contraband goods into Nigeria were also seized.
The Commanding Officer, FOB, Captain Yusuf Idris, told reporters on Sunday that the arrest was made on Saturday.
At least 62 drums of AGO which were being moved in a wooden boat from Rivers into Akwa Ibom waterway around 5:30 a. m.
On other arrests that were made, Captain Idris said: “If you can remember, on Tuesday and Friday, we handed over smuggled bags of rice to the Nigerian Customs Service.
“And during that handling over, I made a promise that the Nigerian Navy under the present leadership will not relent till our waterway is rid of all illegality.
“I’m sure we have lived up to our promise because this week alone, we had made three arrests.
“We will continue to make more arrests and seizure as long as the criminals are not willing to stop their illegal activities”.
According to the commander, the seized products and the suspects were handed over to the Comptroller, Eastern Marine Command, Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Ajiya Masaya and to the Divisional Officer in charge of Mbo.