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Navy Turns Over 5 Oil Thieves To EFCC

Navy Turns over 5 Oil Thieves To EFCC

Navy Turns Over 5 Oil Thieves To EFCC

Navy Turns Over 5 Oil Thieves To EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has received a vessel from the Nigerian Navy that is carrying five suspects and an unknown amount of diesel.

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On Tuesday, Mr. Inainfe Young-Inainfe, an Assistant Superintendent with the EFCC from the Uyo zone, received the ship and the suspects from Lt. Commander Clement Ayogu, the base operation officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory.

The suspects, according to the Navy, include a Venezuelan and four Nigerians.

Ayogu said that the handover was done on behalf of the NNSV Commander, Commodore Ifeanyi Okpala, as directed by the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ibrahim Dewu.

Navy Turns Over 5 Oil Thieves To EFCC

He explained that the arrest was made in relation to “Operation Dakatar Da Barawo” which the Navy inaugurated to fight illegal bunkering and crude oil theft.

Dewu said the vessel named “Edidion AJ” and the suspects were arrested on July 20, 2022 by men of the NNSV on patrol at the Calabar channel.

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He said, “At the time of the arrest, the vessel had four crew members from Nigeria and a Venezuelan national.

“The vessel was carrying an unspecified quantity of petroleum product suspected to be illegally refined diesel.

“We have established the fact that the vessel and her crew are complicit in the crime of economic sabotage.

“As a result of that, we are here to hand over the vessel and her crew to EFCC for onward investigation and prosecution.”

Navy Turns Over 5 Oil Thieves To EFCC

Dewu advised members of the public to desist from all forms of criminal activities.

He vowed that the Navy and other security agencies will not spare anyone involved in criminalities.

Responding after receiving the vessel and the suspects, Young-Inainfe, lauded the navy for the arrest.

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He said that the synergy between the commission and the Navy had yielded many results in the fight against economic crimes in the country.

“We are taking over the vessel and the crew members; we can assure you that proper investigation would be carried out on the suspects, and justice would be done,” he said.

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