The Nigerian Navy, on Monday, arrested five suspected pipeline vandals alongside a wooden boat with over 200 jerrycans of 25 litres loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Abraham Adaji, while speaking with journalists said the suspects were arrested on May 25 along Badagry Creeks in Tongeji Island.
According to him, the suspects were arrested by the naval personnel serving in Forward Operating Base (FOB), Badagry, while on patrol.
”The suspects were intercepted in a wooden boat conveying 25 litres rubber containers filled with petroleum products suspected to be PMS.
”The product is believed to have been gotten from a vandalised pipeline,” he said.
Adaji said during interrogation, the suspects claimed they were fishermen based in Port Novo, Benin Republic.
While speaking on Tongeji Island, Adaji said the navy patrolled the area to ensure that it is safe from pipeline vandals.
He added that the navy at all times ensured that the maritime environment was safe.
The suspects are; Agbotou Firmin, Sohe Soule, Gbenou Daniel, Dosspu Vigor and Sodohe Oliver.
The suspects were handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) by the navy for further investigation.
One Yamaha 40HP outboard engine, one wooden boat and unconfirmed number of 25 litres rubber containers, filled with suspected petroleum products were also handed over to NSCDC.
Receiving the suspects, the Lagos State Commander, NSCDC, Tanjudeen Balogun said he was elated by the confidence which the Navy reposed on them by deeming them worthy to judiciously investigate and prosecute the suspects.
He disclosed that other suspects handed over to them by the navy were at different stages of investigation and prosecution in court.