NNS Arrests 5 Suspected Oil Bunkering Thieves, Seizes Vessel In A’Ibom

Commodore Majid Ibrahim handing over to Mr Victor Ikang
Commodore Majid Ibrahim handing over to Mr Victor Ikang

The Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee (NNS) has arrested five suspected oil bunkering thieves and seized a vessel used for oil bunkering in Akwa Ibom State.

The Commander of NNS Jubilee, Commodore Majid Ibrahim, told journalists while handing over the suspects and the vessel to officials of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ikot Abasi on Tuesday.

Ibrahim said that the vessel was seized during anti-illegal oil patrol by the Nigerian Navy along Uta-Ewa Creek on May 18.

“In line with the Chief of the Naval Staff’s strategic directive and the need to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain against all forms of illegalities.

“The Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee on anti-illegal oil patrol arrested MT PREYOR 1 on May 18, 2020, along Uta-Ewa Creek for suspected illegal oil bunkering activities.

“The vessel was laden with an unspecified quantity of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

“As required by the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedure, the suspects, vessel and products are hereby handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and possible prosecution,” Ibrahim said.

The commander said that the command would not relent in it fight against maritime crimes and criminalities.

He warned persons involved in criminal activities within the coastal waters to look for legitimate means of livelihood or relocate as the command would continue to arrest them and hand over to relevant security agencies for prosecution.

The commander commended the Chief of Naval Staff for providing all the morale and logistics support required to achieve the feat.

He urged the media to sensitise the public on the need to cooperate with the security forces in the fight against all forms of criminalities.

Receiving the vessel, products and the five suspects on behalf of EFCC, Mr. Victor Ikang, Head Extractive Industry, Fraud Section, Uyo Zonal Office, thanked the Navy for the arrest.

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Ikang assured that the commission would investigate the case thoroughly to bring all culprits to book.

“I receive the vessel alongside with the suspects. We thank the Nigerian Navy for being a partner in the fight against Economic Crimes.

“We assure the Navy that we will carry out further investigation and make sure that culprits are brought to book,” he said.

The suspects
The suspects