The Nigerian Navy has intercepted a wooden boat reportedly filled with 144 drums of petroleum products suspected to have been refined illegally.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that officers of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Victory patrol intercepted the boat during a routine patrol around Agbana West by Tom Shot Island Breakwaters along the waterways of Cross River State.
According to reports, the suspects, one Cameroonian by name Daniel Nekoli and three Nigerians, namely Emma Effiong, Victor Okon and Kingsley Etim were paraded before newsmen by Commander of the NNS Victory team, Rear Admiral Vincent Okeke represented by Captain Muhammad Umaru.
It was further revealed that the total market value of the seized items at N15, 504, 000.
Umaru also stated that they are aware that smugglers are desperate to bring in contraband into the country within the yuletide season for personal economic gains.