Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT Arrests Cotonou Boat

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral IE Ibas

By Maritime Security News

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT has arrested a Cotonou based boat for an illegal operation and conveying I,400 Jerry cans of 25 litres of suspected Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), 27 empty drums and 5 x75H outboard engines. And also an estimated 35,000 litres  on Nigeria waters.

Seized 1,400 jerry cans of 25 litres PMS ,27 empty drums and 5x75HP outboard engines.

The arrest which was perfected as a result of intelligent gathering, according to  Nigerian Navy, took place on Tuesday at Akaraba sea side near Atlas Cove, Lagos at about 0100 hours on Friday, February 8, 2019.

The estimated suspected 35,000 litres is said to value at about Five Million and Seventy Thousand Naira (N5,075,000) only while the Cotonou boat and the outboard engines are valued at about Five Million  Naira (NI5,000,000) only. While the value of all the oat arrest with its content was put at Twenty Million and Seventy Five Thousand (N20,075,000) only.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos, Captain Hassan P. Dogara said: ”The Cotonou based boat has 1,400 Jerry cans of 25 litres of suspected PMS, 27 empty drums and 5 x 75HP outboard engines”

He further stated that the estimated suspected stolen PMS is 35,000 litres valued at about Five Million and Seventy Five Thousand Naira(N5,075,000) only while the Cotonou boat and the outboard engines are valued at about Fifteen Million Naira(N15,000,000) only”

According to the Naval boss:  ”The total sum of the arrested boat with its contents is Twenty Million and Seventy Five Thousand Naira (N20,075,000) only.”

It is to be noted that the Atlas Cove is central to reception and distribution of refined petroleum products to other NNPC depots at Mosimi, Ore, Ibadan and Shagamu areas.

On whether the suspects were arrested, Captain Dogara pointed out that on sighting their patrol team coming, the suspects jumped into a smaller Ad board engine powered boat and they escaped before we got there and abandoned their boats and products and ran away”
But he emphasised that this latest achievement arrest by the base represents a very important achievement of our constitutional mandate and a set back to criminals, because as you can see, we have been able to deprive them of the use of these boats and the Ad board engine which was a very big lost to them”

While trying to disabuse the mind of public from thinking that it is an indictment on the security structure, they are looking at what the Nigerian Navy has put in place over there to protect it, he said: ”Like I told you because of strategic importance attached to this  place, Atlas Cove, these criminals will always come no matter the level of security. For the fact that we arrest them shows that we are even up the task our responsibility that was why we were able to arrest them.”

The Naval authority noted that the facility has in the recent time turned to a haven for criminals and vandals. He said:”Consequently, the facility has become very attractive to vandals, petroleum thieves and pirates among others.

Captain Dogara while commending the zero tolorance  of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Okon Edet Eye noted that the constitutional mandate and a set back to the logistics requirements of the criminals. On behalf of the Commander NNS BEECROFT‘ Rear Admiral Okon Edet Eye and in line with the Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral lbok-Ete Ekwe Ibas zero tolerance to acts of illegalities in the nation’s maritime space, I Captain Hassan Paul Dogara would like to state that the Base will continue to dominate the nation’s water ways in order to prevent the theft of our common wealth.

Pleading the media on the reason to let the public know about, he hinted: ”You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public, thank you”

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