Navy seizes ship with contraband AGO in Akwa Ibom, arrest suspects

Navy seizes ship with contraband AGO in Akwa Ibom, arrest suspects

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo local government area, Akwa Ibom State, has seized a ship and arrested 12 crew members for alleged illegal bunkering of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO). Six suspects were also arrested in connection with the smuggling of 523 bags of 50kg contraband rice said to be smuggled from the

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo local government area, Akwa Ibom State, has seized a ship and arrested 12 crew members for alleged illegal bunkering of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

Six suspects were also arrested in connection with the smuggling of 523 bags of 50kg contraband rice said to be smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon, with three 40 horsepower outboard engines, one pumping machine, one wooden boat and 52 empty plastic drums.

Speaking on Wednesday in Ibaka during the hand-over of the ship, suspects and items to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Nigeria Customs Service, Commanding Officer, FOB, Captain Reginald Adoki said the Navy is committed to ensuring that it works creditably to rid the area of illegal maritime activities.

According to Adoki, “This vessel, NV Sword Fish 5 along with 12 crew members was arrested by the Nigerian Navy, Ibaka when our gun boat was carrying out a patrol along the Calabar river. The vessel was arrested while it was conducting illegal bunkering of substance we suspect to be automotive gas oil (AGO), diesel to another platform without due authorisation.

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