The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Monday it is probing 16 Ukranians suspected to be oil thieves.
It said the investigation of the suspects was being conducted in its Port Harcourt office.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said, “The foreigners are being investigated alongside a vessel, MT SAN PADRE PIO, with registration number IMO 9610339 NT 2444, handed over to it by the Nigerian Navy’s Forward Operations Base, FOB Bonny, Rivers State.
“The suspects were arrested on 23 January, 2018 by the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS SAGBAMA’s patrol team deployed for anti-crude oil theft and illegal bunkering operations around Odudu terminal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“The suspects are Vaskov Andriy; Garchev Mykhaylo; Shulga Vladyslav; Orlovkyi Ivan; Skoropupov Andrii; Nadaraia Leonid; Vorohin Andriy; Buriak Maskym; Skok Sergiy; Yakovenko Sergiy; Boiachuk Roman; Shakov Vladyslav; Serebriakov Olehshii; Tsuekanenko Gennadiy, Diachenko Dmytro and Postoiuk Sergii.
“Navy Captain S.W Olurundare, who handed over the suspects to the EFCC, said they were arrested for allegedly operating illegally in Nigerian waters against the provisions of Nigerian Cabotage Law.
“The suspects would soon be charged to court when investigations are concluded,” Uwujaren added.