Navy hands over 25 suspected oil thieves, vessels to EFCC

Navy hands over 25 suspected oil thieves, vessels to EFCC
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The Nigerian Navy has handed over 25 suspected oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Wednesday that the suspects handed to the commission along with two vessels “are being quizzed for their alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering.”

According to Uwujaren, 12 of the suspects were arrested on board MV Johanna II on 14 July 2021 around IMA oil terminal, Bonny Island.

EFCC said the remaining 13 suspects were arrested on board MT Bright Hope on 10 September, 2021 offshore Bonny Island.

The suspects and vessels were arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Gondola in an anti- bunkering operation.

Uwujaren said MT Bright Hope was loaded with 1,371,256 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 62,431 litres of suspected illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), while MT Johanna was loaded with 394,00 litres of product suspected to be AGO.

The suspects are Kenneth Ekpo and Moses Baron: captains of the two vessels. Others are: Lucky Onome; Edmund Asari Joseph; Asuquo Okon; Itoro Effiong; Sunday Obonla; Melcm Agobiam; Imoh Timothy; Godfriend Bartheolomew, Promise Emmanuel and Patrick Oliseneku.

The others are Matthew Osoro; Unyime Ekanem; Eddy Apeli; Gift Elenei; Benimo Paebi; Eddy Uhomanbhi; Ahmmed Onikosi; Ebibotei Mesihach; Victor Abedingo; Isaac Awa, Innocent Tymon, Obi David and Jude Ogbejele.

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