The Nigerian Navy’s NNS Jubilee at Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, yesterday said it has set ablaze 70 synthetic drums of 300 litres each and 135 polythene bags containing 35 litres each with products suspected to be refined Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
NNS Jubilee’s Commander Commodore David Adeniran said the Navy achieved the feat during one of its operations in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
He warned oil thieves, pipeline vandals and sea pirates to steer clear of Akwa Ibom State.
The commander said the Navy would not relent at flushing out criminals from the nation’s territorial waters.
Commodore Adeniran frown at the rate of illegal oil bunkering in the area.
The commander said the Navy was committed to intensive policing of the maritime environment.
Although no arrest was made during the operation, the NNS Jubilee commander urged the public to give the Navy the necessary information that would enhance the flushing out of the perpetrators in Ikot Abasi and other parts of Akwa Ibom State.
He said: “We achieved this through the cooperation of the community. We are ever ready to combat those criminals in all ramifications, even on land, on the sea and in the creeks.
“There will be no hiding place for the criminals. Their activities sabotage the economy of this country. They should go and look for genuine businesses to do. Henceforth, we are ready for them.”