The Navy’s Forward Operating Base at Ibaka in Mbo Local Government of Akwa Ibom State yesterday said it arrested three Cameroonians and a Nigerian with 66 drums, each containing 250 litres of products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol.
The Navy listed the suspects as: Kokah Ekema, 38; Money Francis, 27; Nako Otto, 25 and a Nigerian, Who-Knows Nya, 30.
Base Commanding Officer Navy Captain Siyanbade Adedokun, who paraded the suspects before reporters at Ibaka, said one Cotonou wooden boat with two units of 40 horsepower outboard engines, were also seized from the suspects.
Adedokun said the suspects would be handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
He said: “We have arrested three Cameroonians and one Nigerian with 66 drums of 250 litres of products suspected to be PMS. All suspects will be handed over to the NSCDC.
“The more we patrol, the more we make the maritime environment safe for legitimate business to thrive. At the same time, we try to patrol our waterways, basically concerning the strategic nature of the base, just close to international water.
“It is a strategic place to police so that we won’t have people from neighbouring countries coming to penetrate illegality into the country.”
Adelakun, who frowned at the alleged sabotage, noted that the Navy will not give them breathing space.
The commander attributed the success of his base to frequent patrol of waterways and creeks as well as information from the public.
He warned oil thieves, pipeline vandals and sea pirates to desist from their illegal businesses.
NSCDC State Commandant Obiagulu Obiageli, who received the suspects, hailed the commander for protecting the nation’s territorial integrity.
She noted that the trend will sustain business activities within the maritime environment.
Obiageli, who was represented by NSCDC’s Chief Inspector Victor Uweh, promised that the corps will probe the suspects.
She added that if the suspects were found culpable, they would face the wrath of the law. The Nation