Navy Arrest Suspected Smugglers, Seizes Bags Of Rice

Navy Arrest Suspected Smugglers, Seizes Bags Of Rice

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Added by February 3, 2018

Not less than three smugglers have been arrested and 759 bags of rice smuggled from Cameroon seized by the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The suspects, Yahaya Balaribe, 32, from Borno State; Godwin Owoyemi, 23, and Michael Aderemi, both from Igbokoda area of Ondo State, were said to have been apprehended on the high sea on Tuesday around 3am following a tip-off as they made their way into Nigeria’s maritime area.

Also confiscated in the operation was a wooden boat.

The Commanding Officer, FOB, Navy Captain Yusuf Idris, on Wednesday asked smugglers to stay away from Nigeria’s maritime environment, noting that the current leadership of the Nigerian Navy would find them wherever they might be.

He said, “On January 30, the men of the Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, acting on a tip-off, intercepted and seized a large wooden boat loaded with 759 bags of rice. We also arrested three suspected smugglers along with the items.

“In line with the harmonised standard operating procedures, the Nigerian Navy, today hands over the suspects and the items to Nigeria Customs Service for investigation and further necessary actions.

“The Nigerian Navy, FOB, warns the would-be smugglers and other maritime offenders like sea pirates, oil thieves and their like to keep away from Nigeria’s maritime environment as the current leadership of the Navy will hunt them down wherever they may be.”

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