The Nigerian Navy Ship NNS BEECROFT Lagos has arrested 16 suspected pipeline vandals at Abagbo segment of the NNPC pipelines.

The Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, in a statement, said the arrest was made by the ship’s Task Force at Atlas Cove after a credible intelligence report.

He added that the suspects were arrested with 73 kegs of 50 litres and 18 kegs of 25 litres, each filled with products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit PMS and two fibre boats with 175 HP each.

According to him, the arrest will send a message to the criminals of the Nigerian Navy’s resolve of zero-tolerance to pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering.

Mohammed said that the suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC for prosecution. He assured Nigerians of the Navy’s commitment to sustaining its constitutional roles which include curbing illegalities within Nigeria’s maritime domain.