The Flag Officer Commanding, CNC, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, has said the Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has arrested a barge laden with 800 tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil also known as diesel.
Suleiman, who made this known in a statement by the command’s spokesman, Lt. Commander Edward Yeibo, Tuesday.
According to him, the arrested barge christened, ‘MV NEW VICTORY 1’ was loaded with 800 metric tonnes of illegally refined diesel at Odekiri creek around Santa-Brabra river last Thursday.
Suleiman stated that the barge was arrested by the patrol team of the Forward Operating Base, Formosa in Egweama area of Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
He noted the arrest was made possible following a coordinated intelligence by the Nigerian Navy.
Suleiman reiterated that the Navy was up to task in arresting vessels involved in maritime crimes in the Central Naval Command area.