In Calabar: Nigerian Navy hands over 8 suspects, smuggled petrol to NSCDC

The Nigerian Navy has handed over eight suspected smugglers of petroleum products along with the products to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship, Victory, Commodore Vincent Okeke handed over the suspects at the NNS Victory Base in Calabar.

The suspects are Blessing Bassey Etim, Anano Solomon Edimo, Christopher Enefion Etim, and Ndiba Victor.

Others are Blessed Samson Akpan, Uzoma James, Edet Ekpenyong Esu and Emmanuel Iseh Bassey.

While handing over the suspects, Okeke said, “On 12 September 2019, NNS Victory patrol team intercepted and arrested three wooden boats laden with drums of substance suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit. The boats had eight crew members and were intercepted offshore Ibaka while on outbound transit to Cameroon.

“The drums of suspected PMS were concealed under several empty drums all in a bid to evade arrest. However, after offloading at the Base, a total of 81 drums of PMS were recovered.”

He added “These suspects were granted bail to afford the Base adequate time to investigate the matter. They were re-arrested on 15 October 2019 upon the establishment of a prima facie case against them.”

Commodore Okeke said the heightened monitoring of the nation’s maritime and land borders in accordance with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, to stamp out smuggling activities led to the arrest of the suspects.

He said in line with extant regulations, “The confiscated items and the eight suspected smugglers are hereby handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further investigation and prosecution.”

Receiving the suspects and items, the Acting Commandant of NSCDC in charge of the state, Deputy Commandant Etom Ofem, said, “after completing our preliminary investigation, we will proceed to court immediately. The outcome of the investigation will determine exactly which way we will go.”(Punch)

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