From: Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Two wooden boats laden with petroleum products have been destroyed by the Naval Outpost Onitsha, in Anambra State.

The boats and its content were arrested in December last year along the River Niger waterway. This was disclosed by Commander of the Outpost, Navy Capt. Mohammed Dahiru, who spoke to newsmen in Onitsha, on Monday.

Capt. Dahiru disclosed that the destruction was carried out on April 22 in the presence of other security agencies including Nigerian Army, Police, Department of State Services, among others, warning that those perpetrating illegal operations within the River Niger would not be spared.

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He said, “We use this opportunity to send warning signal to operators within River Niger perpetrating illegality to have a re-think as it would no longer be tolerated. I will continue to go after them, and I will get them, especially now that our capability has been boosted by the Naval authorities.

“My officers and men have intensified routine patrols which include fixed station, stop and search. For those that are using or want to use the River Niger waterway for legitimate activities are assured of adequate protection.”

The Commander thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ibas for providing the Naval Outpost Onitsha with good working and accommodation environment, adding that he had boosted the human capability and material resources of the Naval Onitsha.

Capt. Dahiru who equally commended Governor Willie Obiano for his continued support and assistance to the Outpost, appreciated the people of the state, particularly Odekpe, host community for their hospitality.