The Nigerian Navy has paraded nine suspected illegal petroleum dealers arrested during their operation on the Igbokoda coastal-line in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The suspects were arrested with 92 drums of illegally-refined and adulterated Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, which were presented as exhibits.

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The Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Forward Operation Base, Igbokoda, Navy Captain Danjuma Ndanusa, who paraded the suspects, reiterated the Navy’s commitment to stem illegal business transactions on waterways across the country.

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According to him, the activities of the Nigeria Navy, as enshrined in the law, is to make sure that the nation’s maritime domain is free of illegalities such as illegal oil bunkering, piracy and sea robbery.

While handing over the suspects to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for onward prosecution, he urged governments at all levels to provide jobs for the youth to stem criminal activities.