The three suspects were intercepted in a wooden boat along the Mbo river during the Navy’s retinue patrol and it was discovered that the medium boat which was fitted with two 40 horsepower Yamaha outboard engines was carrying the 416 bags of 50kg rice.
Speaking on Wednesday in Ibaka during the hand-over of the suspects, rice, boat and engines to the Nigeria Customs Service, Commanding Officer, FOB, Captain Reginald Adoki, said the handover was a customary practice and a way of renewing the commitment of the Navy to rid the area of illegal activities on the water ways.
“The gunboat of FOB, Ibaka while conducting retinue patrol along Mbo River and other adjoining creeks intercepted a medium sized wooden boat. After offloading, it was discovered to be carrying 416 bags of 50kg rice, and two 40 horsepower Yamaha outboard engines which are fitted to the wooden boat. The three suspects, from preliminary investigations revealed they were bringing the rice from Cameroon.
“This handover is customary to us and a way of renewing the commitment the Navy has put in clearing this area of illegal activities and reiterate the confidence the Navy has in the Customs to deal with the cases handed over to them for further investigation and prosecution,” he stated.