EFCC takes possession of seized tugboat, barge from Army

EFCC takes possession of seized tugboat, barge from Army

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday took possession a tugboat and a barge handed over to it by the Nigerian Army, allegedly seized from oil thieves, in Delta State.

Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

Uwujaren, however, did not state whether the suspects were arrested or not.

He said the tugboat (MV Omar Success) and the barge (EBIs 1) were allegedly being used for illegal oil bunkering when they were seized.

According to him, the Sector 1, Operation Delta Safe of the Army intercepted the vessels at a creek in Abadiama community of Burutu local government area of the state following a tip-off.

Uwujaren said, “Speaking at the event, Major Y. J. Yunusa, who represented the Commander, said the tugboat and barge were intercepted on February 1, 2018, while trans-loading suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil.

“An EFCC operative, Richard Ogberagha, who received the exhibits on behalf of the Benin Zonal Head of the Commission, Milafia Yakubu, said the EFCC would do a painstaking investigation and ensure that those involved were brought to book.”