Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Navy arrests 12 suspected oil thieves in Akwa Ibom

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State, has arrested 12 suspected oil thieves in Mbo Local Government Area of the state.

Commanding Officer, FOB, Commodore Abdu Odumu, said this while speaking with newsmen on Monday.

He added that the suspects were arrested with 200 drums, each containing 250 litres each of Premium Motor Spirit(petrol).

According to Odumu, other items recovered from the suspects include smugglers boat, four pumping machines and 20 drums of illicit gin.

He stated that the suspects were arrested due to regular surveillance by officers and men of the command.

“We were able to arrest these suspects as a result of our regular patrol,” he said.

The Commanding Officer noted that oil theft had drastically reduced the revenue of the country.

He said, “If Nigeria continues to lose this on daily basis, it is going to have a negative impact on the revenue of the country.”

Odumu explained that the Nigerian Navy would do its utmost to ensure zero tolerance for oil theft and other illegalities committed at sea within the country’s territorial waters.

The commanding officer handed over the suspects to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, saying the arrest would serve as a deterrent to others.

The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Pedro Ideba, expressed gratitude to the NNS for their effort to clamp down oil thieves in the state.

“This is one of the numerous arrests which have been made by the Nigerian Navy and handed over to us. It is only in Nigeria that we hear much of oil theft and illegal bunkering activities,’’ he said.