The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) has taken custody of six people who were apprehended by the Nigerian Navy in Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State, on suspicion of smuggling 6,790 liters of illegal Premium Motor Spirit to the Republic of Cameroon.

The suspects and the confiscated items were given to the NSCDC in Akwa Ibom on Monday, according to Uche Aneke, the Commanding Officer of the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ibaka, as reported by Alabareports.

According to Aneke, the individuals were apprehended once the base received accurate intelligence. Additionally, he insisted that Akwa Ibom’s zero-tolerance policy against marine crimes will be upheld by the command, which is headed by Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of Naval Staff.

“A boat was carrying goods suspected to have been smuggled from a creek and heading to the Republic of Cameroon while transiting within the waters under FOB Ibaka area of operation,” he stated, citing information from the Falcon Eye Alignment Intelligence report.

As a result, during normal patrols, the Base’s gunboats were directed to intercept and apprehend the six smugglers who were hiding 6, 790 liters of PMS beneath 25 sacks of yam, drink cartons, cornflakes, and more than 200 cartons of tiles covered in canvas.

Superintendent of Corps Michael Asibor, Head of the NSCDC’s Anti Vandal Unit, Akwa Ibom Command, received the six suspects, the wooden boat, and the six 790-liter PMS containers.

Asibor promised that the corps would look into the matter further and bring appropriate charges against the suspects.

The next course of action is to question them, and once our investigation is complete, they will be charged and brought up in court to face charges right away, Asibor stated.

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