Chris Steven, Abuja
Three persons suspected to be pipeline vandals have been arrested by operatives of Nigerian Navy.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Naval Director of Information Cor Ezekobe revealed that the suspects were arrested by the operatives of the Nigerian Navy in connection with series of maritime crimes.
The suspects, according to the statement are Sani a.k.a Dogonyaro, Usman a.k.a smally and Adamu Mani.
Commodore Ezekobe said the suspects are still undergoing interrogation and will be handed over to the prosecuting authorities for further action.
“The arrest of these suspects has proven helpful in the fight against the criminals” he said .
In the same vein, the operatives of Forward Operation Base (FOB) Badagry also arrested five citizens of Benin Republic in connection with economic crimes.
The suspects are Mr Philmen Agboku, Mr Penu Daniel, Mr Sule Soka, Mr Dosu Victor and Mr Sodope Olivie.
They were arrested on 26 May 2016 along Tongeji-Port Novo axis at about 0500hrs in a wooden cotonou boat conveying about 900 jerricans.
The jerricans contained product suspected to be stolen Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
However, the suspects are being interrogated in order to get indepth view of the gang and its sponsors.
Additionally, on 26 May 2016 NN operative continued to deter criminals from operating illegal crude oil refineries and pipeline vandals.
The Patrol team deployed from NNS DELTA destroyed a large illegal refinery with storage tanks containing stolen crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) at Ayakurumo Community in Burutu LGA, in Delta State.
Also the patrol team recovered three pumping machine and a Cotonou boat carrying 80 drums of illegally refined AGO measuring 300 liters each.