19 Suspected Oil Thieves, 21 Boat Handed Over To EFCC
Nigeria has continued to lose petroleum products to thieves in different states and security agencies have sustained the battle against them and in different states.
The Nigerian Navy has arrested some of them and on Tuesday, the Navy handed over 19 suspects and two fibre boats laden with petroleum products to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.
A statement by Mr Tony Orilade, the commission's spokesman, said that the suspects were arrested on August 30, 2018, in Lagos and some parts of Ondo State.
According to the statement, the suspects were involved in illegal dealing in petroleum products stolen from a hijacked vessel, MT MAMA ELIZABETH.
“The sum of 3.5 million Naira suspected to be proceeds from the sale of the illegally acquired products was found on the suspects at the point of arrest,” he said.
Idris Abubakar, an investigator with the EFCC, who received the suspects and the boats on behalf of the commission, assured the Nigerian Navy of diligent investigation and prosecution of the suspects.
He said that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.
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