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The Nigerian Navy said on Thursday that it impounded two wooden boats carrying 649 empty drums from suspected pipeline vandals in Badagry area of Lagos.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Abraham Adaji, told newsmen in Lagos that the vandals, numbering about 10, fled into the bush to evade arrest on sighting the naval team.

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”When they saw us coming, they fled and abandoned these two wooden boats alongside their equipment.

”Unfortunately for them, we intercepted these two wooden boats from them,” he said.

According to the commander, the Badagry operation was led by Sub-Lt. Godwin Enefu.

“A total of 649 drums, each with a capacity of 250 litres, totalling over 162 metric tonnes of products would have been carted away from national supplies.

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”What you see today is the testimony of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all matters of vandalism and pillage of our common wealth is arrested,” he said.

Adaji said the crime was an organised one, adding that there were nine outboard engines in the two wooden boats.

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”Some of the items that were recovered include four pumping machines, engines, petrol to power their boats, food items and several hoses,” he said.

The commander said the boats had already been destroyed, adding that the navy was “fully equipped and ready to fight to and end pipeline vandalism and oil theft.’ (NAN)