The Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt have siezed two wooden boats used to convey about 100,000 litres of substance suspected suspected illegally refined diesel worth N20.4m.
Base Operations Officer of NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Ugochukwu Ajulu, disclosed this to jounalists in Port Harcourt on Sunday. He said that three suspects were arrested on board one of the wooden boats seized in Rivers State while crew members of the second boat fled on sighting the naval patrol. .
He said, “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 onboard.
“The second boat which had over 100 drums laden with illegally refined diesel was seized while it anchored at Aiteo jetty near Abonema. About 5,000 litres of diesel was also stored in a compartment on the boat.”
Ajulu added that the suspects would be handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further investigation and prosecution while investigation would commence to find out the source and supply chain of the products.