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Navy thwarts illegal bunkering in Lagos community

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The Nigerian Navy ship NNS BEECROFT says it has thwarted illegal bunkering within the Igboelejo community area of Lagos State and seized the boat used for the criminal activity.

The Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Lagos on Friday.

Mr Oguntuga said the feat was made possible in response to intelligence received on Thursday through the state-of-the-art Maritime Domain Awareness Facility, the Falcon Eye Alignment.

He said the vessel contained 205 drums of a substance suspected to be premium motor spirit and other products.

“The patrol team vectored to the specified area and successfully apprehended a large blue fibre boat suspected to be engaged in illegal bunkering.

“The patrol team acted with precision, securing the vessel and promptly transporting it to the base,” he said.

The commander said that regrettably, the perpetrators abandoned the boat and fled upon sighting the patrol team.

“However, investigation and necessary actions to ensure appropriate handling of the incident are ongoing,” the NNS BEECROFT boss added.

He said that the operation underscored the navy’s unwavering commitment, under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, to ensure safety in the maritime domain.

“We will continue to ensure and sustain maritime security and eradicate illicit activities that can trigger fire hazards in coastal communities and within our maritime domain,” he said.

Mr Oguntuga appealed to the general public to provide necessary information to nip catastrophic incidents in the bud before they occurred.

He added that the navy remained steadfast in its mission to maintain a safe and secure maritime environment for the prosperity of the nation.

(NAN)

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