By Jimmy Jackson
The Nigeria Navy, Eastern Naval Command, headquarters, Calabar has confirmed that trucks loaded with adulterated petroleum Products were intercepted along Mbarakon-Awi Highway in Cross River State by the joint operation of Dakatar Da Barawo.
Commander Naval information, Eastern naval command, Joseph Otuji confirmed to this paper that the interceptions and subsequent burning of the 3 trucks was in accordance with the presidential directives and that of the CNS to bring all illegal activities of oil theft in the country to an end.
Cdr Otuji explained that due process was followed before deposing of the product, while stating that the Nigeria Navy is taking the fight against oil bunkering seriously across the country to ensure that it get rid of adulterated petroleum products.
According to him, the Nigerian Navy have within the past few months made giants strides in curbing the activities of oil thieft, "in other states like Delta, Rivers and so on, we have intensified our operations on them that is why they have moved down to Cross River State to find a safe haven, we will not allow them to rest. We are determined to completely flush them out, especially in this region of the country, operation Dakatar Da Barawo"
The Nigerian Navy had few weeks ago launched a counter operation to flush out activities of oil thieves within the Niger Delta region which has contributed to the lost of several billions of naira to the national treasury.
On Tuesday, men of the Eastern Naval Command intercepted 3 trucks fully loaded with adulterated AGO in Akamkpa area of the state, destroying the contents and the truck.
Last week, another truck loaded with illegally refined AGO was intercepted along Akpabuyo LGA by men of the Nigerian Navy.