The Nigerian Navy has handed over two vessels and crew accused of crude oil theft to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
According to a statement on the social media page of the anti-graft agency, the two vessels, MT Platform and MV Caribbean Crest alongside a crew of 22 suspected oil thieves were handed over last week.
The Commanding officer of the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Bonny, Rivers State, Lieutenant Commander MG Munza disclosed that, while the MV Caribbean Crest and her crew members were arrested in February at the Bonny Fairway Buoy with an unspecified quantity of stolen Petroleum Product suspected to be automotive gas oil, the MT Platform was intercepted on June 8, 2022, in the vicinity of the Bonny Anchorage for illegal dealing in petroleum products without a license.
According to him, they neither have any authority or certificate from the appropriate authority to ply the Nigerian waters.
The crew include: Emberru Michael, Inengibo Ebiegberi, Audu Michael, Gaius Ajakaiye, Igbomgbo Edward, Ndubisi Collins, James Eyak, Ezebri Ayakpo, Okokon Joseph and Wali Michael.
Others are: Adediran Ayo, Kelvin White Ohre, Martins-Biyi Shola, Ekundayo Ajayi, Olowu Olusegun, Etim Samson, Michael John, Kelechi Nwafor, Popoola Felix, Ishola Adetunji, Omachekeji Sunny and Onuh Solomon.
The vessel and her crew were received on behalf of the EFCC by Deputy Superintendent of the EFCC, DSE Arasah Shaka of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command, who thanked the Navy for their efforts toward safeguarding the nation’s territorial waters adding that the EFCC was happy with the Navy for its collaboration in fighting economic crimes.
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