The Nigerian Navy Mobile Patrol Team in Delta State yesterday arrested 70 illegal bunkerers and impounded over 100 drums of locally refined oil in Warri.
They were apprehended at a trailer park beside the Nigerian Ports Authority office in Gbangue on Warri/Sapele Road at 4:30 am. It was gathered that the feat was as a result of about three months surveillance and investigation which eventually paid off yesterday morning with the arrest of the criminals and seizure of drums of fuel. Security was beefed up around NPA gate and the park by the navy patrol team to forestall breakdown of law and order, just as shops located inside the park and around NPA gate could not operate as the armed men had cordoned off the area.
A witness said the naval patrol team also traced the source of the products to Sand Beach in Ugbangue, where scores of drums of locally refined fuel were also discovered and seized.
Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy, Warri, Commodore Muhammed Garba, said the Federal Government’s stance on zero tolerance to all forms of criminalities, especially illegal oil bunkering, still subsists.