...ANOTHER FIBRE BOAT LADEN AGO AT LIVERPOOL
The Quick Response Team of the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft has successfully Intercepted 127 bags of substances suspected to be cannabis sativa at Eleko Beach, Lekki, and Badagry and a large blue fibre boat containing Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), stored in hundreds of drums and jerricans in the vicinity of Liverpool on Friday 17, November 2023.
No arrest was made in both operations as the criminals, upon sighting the team, abandoned the narcotics, boat and fled.
Disclosing the arrest on Saturday, the Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga stated that his Quick Respond Team acted on credible Intelligence, as they swiftly responded, leading to the confiscation of 113 bags of Cannabis Sativa at the beach.
Also along the Badagry route, an additional 14 bags were confiscated bringing the total number of seized contraband items to 127 bags.
However, the Base Information Officer NNS Beecroft, Apapa, Sub-Lieutenant Happiness Collins in a statement further disclosed that the seized narcotics would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for necessary action.
Also, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, further stated that the interception of a large blue fibre boat with AGO was based on intelligence from the State-of-the-Art Maritime Domain Awareness Facility, the Falcon Eye Alignment, in the vicinity of Liverpool.
It was learnt that the boat was found to be laden with petroleum products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), stored in hundreds of drums and jerricans.
The boat has been secured with its illicit cargo and the seized items, including the petroleum products and a pumping machine, and has been safely transported to the base for further investigation and necessary actions.
The Nigerian Navy under the leadership of Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff, remains committed to ensuring effective protection of the nation’s resources, the maritime domain for economic prosperity as well as combatting illicit drug trafficking and preserving the well-being of the Nigerians,” the statement added.