Twenty-four individuals suspected to be concerned in bunkering have been arrested within the riverine space of Ondo State.
The suspects who have been nabbed by the Ahead Working Base, FOB, of the Nigerian Navy in Igbokoda, Ilaje Native Authorities Space of the state have been caught with over 100,000 litres of Automotive Fuel Oil, AGO, generally generally known as diesel.
DAILY POST gathered that the operatives of the Nigerian Navy intercepted six boats used to move the product alongside Ondo/Lagos coastal axis.
Parading the suspects in addition to the intercepted boats on the Naval Base in Igbokoda, the Commanding Officer of the Base, Captain Shaibu Mohammed Ahmed, stated the six boats have been carrying illegally refined crude oil, owned by suspects concerned in bunkering.
In line with the Commanding Officer, one of many intercepted boats accommodates 150 drums of 250 litres of refined diesel whereas one other wood boat contained 16 tanks of about 4,500 litres of the product.
Captain Shuaib added that the remaining boats which have been additionally intercepted by his males have been stuffed with empty drums.
Whereas attributing the arrest to the Nigerian Navy’s resolve to curb legal actions in Ilaje and Ese-Odo Native Authorities Areas of the state, the Commanding Officer disclosed that steady surveillance on the creeks and coastal areas had been instituted.
He maintained that the transfer will successfully curb unlawful oil bunkering, sea piracy, kidnapping and different legal actions throughout the costal areas of the state.
He stated “This effort yielded optimistic outcome, with the most recent operation carried out alongside the Ondo/Lagos coastal axis.”
In the meantime, among the suspects stated that their boats have been employed by some individuals to move the product, whereas some admitted their involvement within the unlawful enterprise.
The Commanding Officer, nonetheless, sought significant data from residents, that would result in curbing all types of financial sabotage within the space as he emphasised that the Ahead Working Base will proceed to work in keeping with its mandate of making certain a secured maritime surroundings.