The Nigerian Navy has handed over a vessel and wooden boat with about 10,000 litres of suspected stolen diesel worth N11 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Nigerian Navy also handed over two crew members of the vessel to the EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Handing over the vessel and the wooden boat to the EFCC, Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim said the vessel, MT Purity, was arrested transporting the petroleum product without permit.
Ibrahim stated that Nigeria Navy troops during a routine patrol of creeks and waterways on December 2, 2015, accosted the vessel carrying diesel believed to have been illegally refined.
The NNS commander assured that the navy would continue to maintain its zero tolerance on crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and piracy in the nation’s maritime environment and called on the public for assistance with information that would lead to arrest of oil thieves.
“During investigation, we discovered that the vessel manned by two crew members had no competency to justify them serving onboard the vessel. Similarly, the vessel had no authorisation from both the navy and other relevant government agencies to move petroleum products,” he stated.
Receiving the vessel and wooden boat, the head, Counter Terrorism and General Investigation of the EFCC in Rivers State, Mr. David Iyang assured that the commission would carry out thorough investigation, saying if found guilty, the suspects would be arraigned in court.

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