The origin of the Nigerian Navy could be traced to the Marine Department of the Royal Navy established in 1887 as a quasi-military organization, which combined the duties of the present-day Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority and the Nigerian Navy.
Elements of the Marine Department took part in military operations against the Germans in Cameroun during the First World War between 1914–1918.
Men of the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Igbokoda, Ondo State, have intercepted and destroyed 15,775 litres of stolen crude oil in the Ilaje axis of the state.
The Commanding Officer of the base, Captain Wasuku Alushi, who estimated the value of the products to be N13,251,000, said the operation was carried out by the anti-Crude Oil Theft (COT) patrol team.
According to Commander Humphrey Nnaji, who spoke on behalf of Alushi, stated that the products were destroyed in accordance with the mandate of the joint taskforce Operation Delta Safe on COT.
He noted that the team had received intel on illegal bunkering within the axis, after which a wooden boat popularly known as a “Cotonou” laden with crude oil was tracked and intercepted.
“The wooden boat was intercepted about 12 nautical miles (NM) off the coast of the adjoining Ojumole and Obe communities in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. On sighting naval personnel, the crew abandoned the boat and fled,” he said.
While emphasizing the commitment of the base to clear out the menace of COT and other crimes in Igbokoda and its environs, he maintained that the base will intensify surveillance within the axis.