The Base Operations Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder, Commander Ugochukwu Ajulu, disclosed to newsmen yesterday, that the Nigerian Navy impounded two boats carrying about 100,000 litres of illegal diesel worth about N20.4 million in Akuku Toru LGA of Rivers state.
He said that when the criminals saw the naval boat approaching, they abandoned the boat and escaped. However, occupants of the other boat were arrested and will be handed over to the appropriate security agency for the law to take its course.
“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.