Oil theft: Navy hands over 3 suspects, 4 vessels to EFCC

The suspected oil thieves
The suspected oil thieves

As part of its collaborative efforts to sanitize the Nigeria waterways and to rid it of illegal oil bunkering, the Nigerian Navy, NNS Pathfinder, on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State handed over three persons suspected to be involved in illegal oil bunkering and four tug boats – MV Kessy1, MV Thames, MV Lolo 14 and MV Lolo 20 – to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, listed the names of the suspects as Damiete Kemuel, Francis Egbedi and Dum Nwineedam. He said the vessels of the arrested persons were intercepted by officials of NNS Pathfinder at Abuloma following intelligence reports.

“The vessels – MV Kessy 1, MV Thames, MV Lolo14 and MV Lolo 20 – were said to have been loaded with an estimated 40 metric tons each of suspected illegally refined, Automotive Gas Oil, AGO.

“The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed,” Uwujaren  said. 

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