A joint task force consisting of the Men of the Anti Crude Oil Theft (COT) and the patrol team from Nigeria Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) Igbokoda in Ondo State successfully apprehended and eliminated approximately 16,000 litres of crude oil and illegally refined automotive gas oil valued at over N13 million.
According to Captain Wasuku Alushi, the Commanding Officer, the Task Force acted on credible intelligence to sustain their efforts against illegal bunkering. During their operation, they identified and seized a wooden boat commonly known as a cotonou boat loaded with crude oil.
Alushi, represented by the Executive Officer of the Base, Commander Humphrey Nnaji, mentioned that the perpetrators fled upon spotting the FOB personnel patrolling the riverine areas.
Alushi said “The wooden boat was intercepted about 12 Nautical Miles off the coast of adjoining Ojumole and Obe community in Ilaje Local government area of Ondo state. On sighting of the Naval personnel, the crew abandoned the boat and fled.”
He emphasized that the creation of the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe aimed to augment the Western Naval Command’s capabilities, particularly in enforcing its policing duties, notably combating Anti-Crude Oil Theft (COT) and illegal bunkering activities.
He reaffirmed the Base’s dedication to eradicating the threat of COT and other criminal activities within Igbokoda and its vicinity.
Alushi pledged that the Base would heighten its efforts in gathering intelligence, conducting surveillance, implementing vigorous maritime and vehicular patrols, as well as stationary positioning of personnel at crucial points, particularly choke points within the operational area of the Base.
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