The Nigerian Navy in Akwa-Ibom, yesterday, paraded eight suspects and 501 drums of illegal Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) allegedly seized from them.
The navy said, based on intelligence reports, in the early hours of April 5, 2019, they intercepted the suspects conveying the boat-load of AGO brought in from Oyorokoto in Rivers State along the Calabar channel leading to Oron river with three Yamaha outboard engines.
Speaking in Ibaka during the hand-over of the suspects, drums of AGO, wooden boat and outboard engines to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Acting Commanding Officer of Forward Operating Base (FOB), Captain Reginald Adoki, said from their findings, the products in the boat were suspected to be illegally refined AGO (diesel).
He said the activity of the suspects showed a clear case of economic sabotage which the navy is committed to rid the area of, adding that the handover to the EFCC is a sign of their confidence in the commission.
The items and the suspects were received by the Uyo Zonal Head of EFCC, Abdulkarim Chukkoh, who was represented by Mr Alex Ebbah.
One of the suspects, Victor Umana from Mbo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, said the urge to better his lot financially led him into taking up the job.