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Navy palms over five oil thieves to EFCC

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Navy palms over five oil thieves to EFCC

The Nigerian Navy has handed over a vessel loaded with an unspecified amount of diesel and five suspects to the Economic and Monetary Crimes Commission.The Misguided Operation Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, Lt. Commander Clement Ayogu handed over the vessel and the suspects to an Assistant Superintendent of EFCC from the Uyo zone, Mr. Inainfe Younger-Inainfe, on Tuesday.The Navy said the suspects are four Nigerians and a Venezuelan national.Ayogu said that the handover became once done on behalf of the NNSV Commander, Commodore Ifeanyi Okpala, as directed by the Flag Officer Commanding, Jap Naval Expose, Rear Admiral Ibrahim Dewu.He explained that the arrest became once made in terms of the “Operation Dakatar Da Barawo” which the Navy inaugurated to fight illegal bunkering and coarse 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.He said, “On the time of the arrest, the vessel had four crew members from Nigeria and a Venezuelan national.“The vessel became once carrying an unspecified amount of petroleum product suspected to be illegally sophisticated diesel. “We have established the indisputable truth that the vessel and her crew are complicit in the crime of financial sabotage.“As a outcomes of that, we are here at quit the vessel and her crew to EFCC for onward investigation and prosecution.”Dewu advised members of the public to desist from all forms of prison actions.He vowed that the Navy and a host of security companies just isn’t any longer going to spare anyone all for criminalities.Responding after receiving the vessel and the suspects, Younger-Inainfe, lauded the navy for the arrest.He said that the synergy between the cost and the Navy had yielded many finally ends up in the fight in opposition to financial crimes in the nation.“We’re taking over the vessel and the crew members; we are able to guarantee you that appropriate investigation would be implemented on the suspects, and justice would be done,” he said. (NAN)

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