The Nigerian Navy has said that it had impounded a wooden boat laden with twenty seven jerry cans of stolen petrol from suspected pipeline vandals at the Atlas Cove area of Lagos.
Naval authorities said that the seizure was made on after the vandals abandoned the boat on sighting a naval team and fled into the bush to evade arrest.
Commodore Abraham Adaji, Commander of NNS BEECROFT, which carried out the operation, told journalists that the navy was determined to rid the country’s waterways of oil thieves and vandals.
Commodore Adaji said that the navy was “fully equipped and ready to fight to an end, pipeline vandalism and oil theft’’, adding that the Chief of Naval Staff had zero tolerance for maritime offences.
He warned perpetrators of illegal acts to seek legitimate means of livelihood.