By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Attempt by six nationals of Benin Republic to export 250 litres capacity drum of suspected petroleum products to their country has landed them in the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The suspects, according to report, were nabbed on the high sea by personnel of the Marine Unit of the Lagos State Command.
Identified as Timothy Fidigan, 34, Josue Matho, 24, Joe Kuku, 22, Saliu Digbeji, 23, Martin’s Jisu, 35, and Alex Wesu, 27, the suspects were said to be ferrying the product to their country when they were arrested last December based on intelligence report.
The Lagos State Command Commander, Commandant Douglas Okoro Eweka, while parading the suspects said that investigation has been concluded on the case and had already been charged to court.
He however added that the suspects are awaiting arraignment by the Command.
Commenting on the act of sabotage, Eweka lamented that it is of great concern that citizens of neighbouring countries rather than appreciate Nigerian government for her great support choose to help in sabotaging her economy.
The Commandant pledged the Corps will not relent in making the saboteurs pay for their evil works, as they will be dealt with according to the law of the land.
Eweka commended the supportive role of the Nigerian Navy on arresting the suspected criminals, attributing it to the synergy among the security agencies.
He also disclosed that the Commandant General of the Corps Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi has fortified the Marine Unit of the Command with 17 well furnished boats to hence its performance.
The Commandant therefore warned criminals to stay off the state or regret their action.
In a related development, three suspects were also paraded over alleged vandalisation of telecommunication cables.
The suspects, according to the Commandant were arrested in Fagba ,Agege area of the state at the wee hours.
Identified as Sunday Aaron, 26, Shona Taiwo, 42, and Abdulrahaman Hassan, 26, the Commandant said all the suspects will be arraign in court soon.