Troops Tackle Smugglers, Seize 389 Rice Bags, Arrest 2

Troops of Forward Operating Base IBAKA in gunboats have intercepted two medium-size wooden boats laden with 68 bags of 50 kg parboiled foreign rice.

They were suspected to have been smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon, says the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), adding that, the items would be handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for necessary action.

Emergency Digest gathered that the troops, apprehended the smugglers, while on routine patrol around Mbo River.

Speaking on behalf of the DHQ at a media briefing, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, also disclosed that troops of Operations Calm Waters II And Swift Response seized no fewer than 321 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice.

They arrested two suspects and have handed them over to Nigeria Customs Service, Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), added.

Other items intercepted by the troops include wooden boats and a speedboat laden with 21,600 litres of petroleum products.

He further said troops of 146 Battalion have discovered and immobilized two reactivated illegal refineries containing unspecified quantity of illegally refined AGO at Samkiri in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.

“Troops of 29 Battalion also intercepted 2 locally made boats conveying substance suspected to be crude oil along Ibaa/Rumuji Waterways in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State,” Gen. Enenche, added.

Military High Command, according to him, encourages the troops and personnel of other security agencies to remain determined and sustain the tempo in all the Joint Operations Areas.

“The High Command also reassures the general public of its untiring commitment towards securing the country,” he noted.

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