NIGERIAN NAVY ARRESTS FIVE OIL THIEVES
The Commander of the NN Ship, Jubilee, Commodore Majid Ibrahim, made this known on Tuesday, June 30, during the handing over of the vessel and suspects to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in the State.
“In line with the Chief of Naval Staff’s strategic directive and the need to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain against all forms of illegalities, the Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee on anti-illegal oil patrol arrested MT PREYOR 1 on May 18, 2020, along Uta-Ewa Creek for suspected illegal oil bunkering activities.
“The vessel was laden with an unspecified quantity of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil.
“As required by the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedure, the suspects, vessel and products are hereby handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further investigation and possible prosecution,” Ibrahim said.
The Commodore warned those involved in related criminal activities within the coastal waters to stop and source for legitimate means of livelihood.
The Head, Extractive Industry, Fraud Section, EFCC Uyo Zonal Office, Victor Ikang, who received the vessel and the suspects on behalf of the anti-graft agency, assured that the commission would investigate the matter thoroughly and make the culprits face the wrath of the law.