The Nigeria Navy announced the seizure of five barges that contained 12.8m litres of adulterated diesel.
Rear Admiral David Adeniran, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, while briefing newsmen in Onne on Friday, said the command arrested two suspects were in connection with the crime.
“Troops in the early hours of Thursday during routine patrol and acting on credible intelligence intercepted five large metallic barges carrying petroleum product.
“The barges laden with products suspected to be illegally refined diesel were intercepted at Onne general area and two male suspects were arrested,’’ he said.
He said the seizure was in compliance with the Chief of Naval Staff’s directives to free the waterways and creeks of illegal bunkers, pipeline vandals, sea pirates and robbers.
“Our patrol team on boarding the barges discovered that four out of the five barges were laden with products that may have been lifted from illegal refining sites.
“The metallic barges are very large in capacity and each can take roughly about 3.2 million litres of diesel,’’ he said.