The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom has arrested five suspected smugglers and seized 370 bags of 50kg rice during routine operations.

Navy Captain Toritseju Vincent disclosed this on Thursday in Ibaka during the handover of the suspects and the rice to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Vincent said that the Navy has made consistent arrests of suspected smugglers in its drive to fulfill its anti smuggling patrol functions.

 Receiving the suspects and the seized rice from the Navy, Olutola John a Chief Superintendent Customs, commended the Navy for supporting the NCS in the discharge of their duties.

John, who represented the Customs Area Controller, Eastern Marine Command, Port Harcourt promised that the service would continue to support the Navy in the drive to end smuggling on the water ways.

He also assured that upon the completion of investigations, the suspects will be charged to court.