The Nigerian Navy Ship, in Delta State Wednesday handed over an impounded vessel and nine suspects allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation and possible prosecution.
The suspects: Friday Ojogbeli, Captain; Samuel Chidi Akomas, Chief Engineer; Lucky Okpowo, Chief Mate; and six others are all Nigerians.
Commodore I. A. Dewu, Commander, NNS Delta, in Warri, stated that the suspects were on board the vessel, MT NIPAL when they were intercepted by men of NNS Delta at Afremo Oil Field. He said they were caught while siphoning crude oil on January 30, 2018. The Commander further stated that the vessel was laden with 386,556 M T crude oil.
Richard Ogberagha, a Senior Detective Superintendent, who Received the nine suspects and the vessel on behalf of the commission, said the EFCC would do a painstaking investigation to ensure that those found culpable were brought to book.