NIGERIAN Navy has impounded two boats carrying about 100, 000 litres of illegal diesel worth N20.4 million on the waterways in Akuku Toru local government area of Rivers state.
Base Operations Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder , Commander Ugochukwu Ajulu, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday, saying those arrested will be handed over to the appropriate security agency for prosecution.
“In-line with strategic directives from naval authorities, on March 31, our troops on routine patrol impounded two wooden boats carrying suspected illegally refined diesel in quantity of about 100,000 litres.
The first wooden boat transporting about 60 drums fully loaded with suspected stolen diesel was impounded along Bakana waterways with three suspects on-board.
The second boat which had over 100 drums laden with illegally refined diesel was seized while it anchored at Aiteo jetty near Abonema.”, he said.
While adding that about 5,000 litres of diesel was also stored in a compartment on the boat, Ajulu said that naval operatives were unable to make any arrest from the second boat as its crew members had fled the scene on sighting advancing naval patrol gunboats.