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Nigerian Navy Seizes Cameroon bound 10,000 Liters of Petrol in Akwa Ibom

The Nigerian Navy’s forward operating base in Akwa Ibom has seized a boat carrying approximately 10,000 liters of petrol and detained three individuals suspected of smuggling. According to Uche Aneke, the commanding officer, the interception took place in Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area. The suspects were allegedly transporting the petrol out of the state, destined for Cameroon. Aneke handed over the suspects, boat, and confiscated product to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps for further legal action.

This seizure follows intelligence indicating illicit transportation of petroleum products to Cameroon through waters patrolled by FOB Ibaka. Acting on this information, naval gunboats intercepted the vessel during a routine night patrol. The petrol, concealed under bags and tarpaulin, was uncovered, leading to the apprehension of those onboard. Aneke reiterated the Navy’s commitment to upholding maritime security and warned against involvement in illegal activities.

In response to the incident, Michael Asibor, head of NSCDC’s anti-vandalism unit in the state, pledged a thorough investigation. Upon receiving the suspects and evidence, the NSCDC will conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the matter.

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