June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

Bayelsa: Navy Arrests Two, Seizes Truck Over Alleged Oil Theft

The Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH, NNS, said it has arrested two persons and seized one tank truck over alleged crude oil theft in Bayelsa.

The commander, Commodore Sunday Lakan, disclosed this while parading the suspects at the NNS SOROH base on Thursday.

He said that a Mazda vehicle loaded with 1,300 litres of illegally refined products was also arrested in the process.

Lekan said that the breakthrough followed credible intelligence from the public concerning the stealing and transportation of stolen and illegally refined products in the area.

“Our personnel who were dispatched to the area apprehended this truck. On sighting us, the driver of the truck ran away but left the keys behind. So we were able to convey the truck to our base for further investigation and other necessary actions,” he said.

The commander further stated that while still on patrol, naval personnel arrested a Mazda 323 vehicle carrying 1,300 litres of illegally refined products.

“We arrested two suspects, a male and a female, conveying the products. We shall ensure that thorough investigation is conducted and suspects handed over to appropriate authorities,” he said.

He expressed the navy’s commitment to rid the waterways of criminals and urged those involved in illegal oil bunkering to desist or face the wrath of the law.

Lekan urged members of the public to always support the navy with credible information that would enable it to tackle crude oil theft.

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