The Defence Headquarters toady said that gunboats of forwarding Operating Base IBAKA while on routine patrol around Effiat waterways intercepted and arrested a large wooden boat laden with 1,184 of 25kg bags of Yaraliva Nitrabor Fertilizer suspected to be smuggled in from the Republic of Cameroon with two suspects.
It also said that, while fertilizers are majorly for agricultural purposes, the possibility of it being acquired by criminal gangs, terrorists and militants for sinister purposes cannot be disregarded as fertilizer has remained a potential component for the fabrication of explosives owing to its content of ammonium nitrate.
Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said this while briefing Defence correspondent on military operations in Abuja.
General Enenche said that the arrested fertilizer poses a security threat considering current security challenges.
He said that the suspects and items are currently in custody and will soon be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting authority.
“Forward Operating Base IBAKA gunboats while on routine patrol around MBO River intercepted and arrested a medium size wooden boat laden with 17 drums of 300 litres of products suspected to be PMS with two suspects.
“Furthermore, on 11 January 21, acting on credible intelligence, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA in conjunction with Forward Operating Base ESCRAVOS conducted anti-Crude Oil Theft operation around the general area of Warri South Local Government Area.
“During the operations, the team discovered one large wooden boat laden with about 215,000 litres of product suspected to be stolen crude oil along Jones Creek, Warri South-West Local Government Area. Accordingly, the boat and product were handled appropriately.
General Enenche said that these arrests affirm Armed Forces of Nigeria’s commitment towards eradicating sundry crimes in the country.
The High Command reassures the general public of its untiring commitment towards securing the country.
He enjoined the general public to continue to provide timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies for prompt and effective action.
General Enenche revealed that following credible intelligence, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE successfully carried out a daring rescue operation at Mararaba Udege general area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, rescuing 3 kidnapped persons and neutralizing one-armed bandit.
He said that the kidnapped victims were subsequently reunited with their families.
“Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN apprehended 4 suspected cultists at UV Martins Street in Jos North LGA of Plateau State. The suspects, Messrs Alfred Song, George Musada, Armani Daniel and Kefas Rotgi were arrested on the heels of credible intelligence on their activities in the area. One locally made pistol and 4 cartridges were recovered from the suspects. Furthermore, on 11 January 2021, troops of operation SAFE HAVEN recovered 59 rustled cows from rustlers at Kuru Jenta close to Science School Kuru in Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State. The cattle were handed over to their respective owners,” he concluded.
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