Operatives of the Nigeria Navy have arrested three persons in connection with vandalisation of national assets in the Niger Delta region.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Director of Naval Information, Commodore COR Ezekobe, and made available to The UNION.
The statement listed the three persons as Sani, also known as Dogonyaro, Usman also known as Smally and Adamu Mani.
He said the accused persons are undergoing interrogation.
The statement reads: “The spirited efforts of the Nigerian Navy (NN) to checkmate the activities of illegal crude oil thieves, pipeline vandals and other criminals operating in the Niger Delta has continued to yield positive results.
“The Service more than before stepped up its operations against all forms of threats in the maritime environment with more combat platforms injected into the security of critical economic assets and safer water ways.
“In view of the above, three persons have been arrested by the operatives of the Nigerian Navy in connection with series of maritime crimes.
“The suspects are Sani a.k.a Dogonyaro, Usman a.k.a smally and Adamu Mani.
“The suspects are still undergoing investigation and will be handed over to the prosecuting authorities for further action. The arrest of these suspects has proven helpful in the fight against the criminals”.
It also disclosed that “operatives of Forward Operation Base (FOB) Badagry have arrested five citizens of Benin Republic in connection with economic crimes.
“The suspects are Mr. Philmen Agboku, Mr. Penu Daniel, Mr. Sule Soka, Mr. Dosu Victor and Mr. Sodope Olivie.
“They were arrested on 26 May 2016 along Tongeji-Port Novo axis at about 0500hrs in a wooden Cotonou boat conveying about 900 jerricans. The jerricans contained product suspected to be stolen Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
“However, the suspects are being interrogated in order to get in-depth view of the gang and its sponsors.
“Additionally, on 26 May 2016 NN operative continued to deter criminals from operating illegal crude oil refineries and pipeline vandals. The Patrol team deployed from NNS DELTA destroyed a large illegal refinery with storage tanks containing stolen crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) at Ayakurumo Community in Burutu LGA, in Delta State.
“Also the patrol team recovered three pumping machine and a Cotonou boat carrying 80 drums of illegally refined AGO measuring 300 liters each”.