Three nationals of the neighbouring Republic of Benin have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the theft of petroleum products and vandalism.
The suspects were arrested at the weekend by operatives of the Lagos State Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
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The operatives’ recovered 6,250 litres of petrol, which the suspects, according to NSCDC, had attempted to smuggle into Benin Republic.
The Command said the suspects were arrested by the Nigerian Navy’s patrol team and handed over to the NSCDC.
The three suspects arrested were identified as: Bidem Kakon, 32; Gbeza Atanancy, 24; and Haunsa Crepin, 25. They were arrested in a wooden boat conveying 6,250 litres of PMS.
The Commandant, NSCDC Lagos State Command, Paul Ayeni, said the suspects will soon be taken to court.
“The PMS siphoned by the bunkerers, which is worth N1.2 million can serve about 500 households if not stolen. Until their arrest, they lived at No 6 Adogeta Street, Cotonou,” he said.
The commandant said the suspects were arrested at a frontier between Nigerian Maritime Boundary and the Republic of Benin.