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Navy smashes trans-border oil syndicate, arrest 9 foreigners

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By Evelyn Usman

The Nigerian Navy has smashed a trans-boarder oil syndicate that specialised in siphoning petroleum products in Nigeria, for onward sale in neighbouring West Africa countries.

Arrested were eight Benenois and a Ghanian, while two boats conveying 235 drums and jerricans filled with the suspected siphoned petroleum product were recovered.

This is just as seven trucks and 270 50-litre jerricans  filled with siphoned petroleum products loaded in two boats were recovered in separate arrests around same axis.

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The foreign suspects, according to the Commander (Nigerian Navy Ship) NNS Beecroft, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, were arrested Monday evening along Nigeria-Benin Republic border, during a routine patrol.

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The suspects allegedly broke the Nigerian National Petroleum Product, NNPC, pipelines on the Atlas Cove Island, from where they siphoned the product.

Describing the illegal trading in petroleum product around the Atlas Cove Island as unfortunate, Ibrahim said most of the illegalities were perpetuated with the collaboration and assistance of some unpatriotic Nigerians.

“The Navy, therefore, uses this medium to warn oil thieves and other criminal elements, particularly in our maritime environment, to desist from these nefarious activities and pursue lawful means of livelihood,” he said.


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