Nigerian Navy seizes boat engaged in illegal bunkering

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In a proactive move to maintain maritime security, the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS BEECROFT, successfully thwarted illegal bunkering activities within the Igboelejo community area of Lagos State. Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, the commander of NNS BEECROFT, shared this achievement with the media in Lagos.

The operation was a response to intelligence received through the state-of-the-art Maritime Domain Awareness Facility, the Falcon Eye Alignment, on Thursday. Acting swiftly, the patrol team managed to intercept a large blue fibre boat suspected to be engaged in illegal bunkering. The vessel, found to contain 205 drums of a substance believed to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other products, was promptly secured and transported back to the base.

Regrettably, upon sighting the patrol team, the perpetrators abandoned the boat and fled the scene. Nevertheless, ongoing investigations aim to ensure appropriate actions are taken to handle the incident effectively, according to the NNS BEECROFT commander.

Commodore Oguntuga emphasized the navy’s unwavering commitment to ensuring safety in the maritime domain under the leadership of Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla. He highlighted the navy’s dedication to sustaining maritime security and eliminating illicit activities that could pose fire hazards in coastal communities and the maritime domain.

Additionally, he called upon the general public to provide crucial information, enabling authorities to prevent catastrophic incidents before they occur. The Nigerian Navy remains resolute in its mission to maintain a secure maritime environment, fostering the nation’s prosperity.

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