The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, in Mbo local government area of Akwa Ibom State, has ceased over 316 drums of illegally refined diesel also known as Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
The Commanding Officer of the Forward Operating Base, Captain Peter Yilme who spoke yesterday in Ibaka while handing over the product to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), disclosed that the seized drums which contained 300 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, each were intercepted last Sunday during a routine patrol by Navy gunboats en route Republic of Cameroon.
The arrest was made on the 8th of March 2020, at about at Agbani Offshore during a routine patrol by FOB Ibaka gunboats.
The suspects abandoned the medium-sized wooden boat used in attempting to convey the product to the Republic of Cameroon on sighting the Navy Gunboats.
The unrelenting drive by smugglers in continuing their illicit acts persisted even though the Forward Operating Base in Ibaka continues to make arrests almost on a daily basis.
Captain Peter has strongly warned and advised those into illicit trade to turn a new leaf and embrace legitimate business activities.
He attributed the achievements of the base to necessary logistic supports and encouragement from the Chief of Naval Staff, and the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command.
While taking over the drums of Automotive Gas Oil, Assistant Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bodinga Bawa, thanked the Forward Operating Base for being in the forefront of ensuring the border closure order of the Federal Government was maintained within its area of operation, assuring that, necessary court processes will be followed and the outcome relayed back to the Base for information.