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Nigerian Navy Apprehends Wooden Boat Laden With Contraband

 

Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol team on Wednesday apprehended a wooden fishing boat laden with bags of rice in the creeks of Agbara, Lagos state.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by Sub Lieutenant HA Collins, Base information officer, NNS BEECROFT.

” The boat’s occupants, upon sighting the patrol team, abandoned boat and fled. The patrol team effectively secured the boat, which was taking in water, and off-loaded a total of 44 bags of parboiled rice.

” Following established protocols, the 44 bags of rice were transported to NNS BEECROFT Base and were handed over to officials of the Nigeria Customs Service for further necessary action.

” The Nigerian Navy would sustain efforts at enforcing custom laws and assist uphold government policies which also includes empowering small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) to flourish.

” The action of the Nigerian Navy at confiscating contrabands and particularly the prevention of importation of foreign rice into the country will undoubtedly boost efforts of local farmers towards revenue generation necessary to ameliorate poverty and food insecurity for economic prosperity.

” The Nigerian Navy under the watch of the Chief of the Naval staff Vice Admiral EI Ogalla remains resolute at curbing all forms of maritime crimes toward bolstering national security and stability”, the statement read.

 

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