In close proximity to the Benin Republic border, the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft Patrol Team, working with the Forward Operating Base Badagry, reported that they had apprehended a wooden boat containing more than eight hundred thirty-liter jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit.
The arrest was made on Friday, according to a statement signed on Saturday by Sub-Lieutenant H. A. Collins, the NNS Beecroft Base Information Officer.
The statement quoted the Commander, Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, as saying that the boat, which was sailing seaward 80 nautical miles from the shore, was intercepted by the NNS Beecroft Patrol Team in collaboration with the Forward Operating Base Badagry.
He said, “In a feat of maritime security prowess, under the ongoing Operation Water Guard, the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft Patrol Team in collaboration with the Forward Operating Base Badagry, under the strategic leadership of the Commander Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft and Maritime Component Commander, Operation AWATSE, Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, successfully intercepted a huge wooden boat, laden with over 800 jerricans of 30 litres each containing products suspected to be PMS.
“The boat was approaching the border between the Benin Republic and Nigeria, approximately 80 nautical miles offshore. Early on Friday, January 19, 2024, in the morning, an arrest was made.