Navy hands over oil thieves, vessels to EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recently received twelve suspected oil thieves, a vessel MV OMISAN 1 with registered number IMO 7216244, an unnamed barge and two wooden boats from the Nigerian Navy  PATHFINDER Naval Base, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Commodore W. O Kayode, Commander of the NHS PATHFINDER, revealed that the suspected oil thieves were arrested on 6 February 2017 by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) PATHFINDER patrol team deployed for Anti-Crude Oil Theft/ Illegal Oil Bunkering operations around Taraba Jetty, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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The criminals were arrested with one vessel; MV OMISAN 1 and a wooden boat. The suspects, who were crew members of MV OMISAN 1 and the wooden boat were arrested in the process of transporting an estimated 60,000 liters of illegally refined automated gas oil (AGO) from the wooden boat to MV OMISAN 1.

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Similarly, on 7 February 2017, the patrol team intercepted a barge laden with an estimated 100,000 liters of products suspected to be AGO, and another wooden boat laden with an estimated 60,000 liters of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO around Isaka axis. Unfortunately, no arrests were made.
The suspects aboard the MV OMISAN 1 are Captain Benjamio Igiogio; Engineer Samuel Ogunfemi; Jakpa Eyituoyo; Johnson Dudu; Ogunkalu Taiwo; Toju Oko-Otiuroh; Desmond Edafe Unuarhe; Ibiye Ngiania; Sylvanus Ikorawi J; Ayadi Abiola, Chibueze Nwali and Imeh Brown.
The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed.

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