by OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta has intercepted a barge conveying about 150 000 litres of illegally refined petroleum products.
The unnamed captain of the barge and the crew members are already in custody and are helping security agencies in the investigation.
Colonel Rabe Abubakar, the Acting Director Defence Information, said the JTF boat was on routine patrol when it accosted the barge on illegal mission at Frado Oil Company Tank Farm at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said the Defence thus restated the resolve of the military to guarantee safety of lives and property of Nigerians.
“The military will continue to work hard to fight all maritime crimes such as piracy, bunkering and operating of illegal refinery a halt and also to prevent the prevailing economic saboteur from doing further damage to Nigeria’s economy,” he said.
Abubakar meanwhile reassured Nigerians to go about their normal and legitimate businesses without fear of harassment.
He said the military and other security agencies are there to protect their rights and freedom.
“Various military operations across the country are against criminals and enemies of this nation.”
– CAJ News