The Nigeria Navy Ship Jubilee (NNS) has arrested 5 suspects over oil bunkering in Akwa Ibom and seized one vessel ladened with illegally refined Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO).
It added that the vessel, MT PREYOR 1 was seized on Might 18 throughout anti unlawful oil patrol alongside Uta-Ewa Creek .
The Commander of NNS Jubilee, Commodore Majid Ibrahim, revealed this on Tuesday to journalists whereas handing over the vessel and the suspects to Officers of Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) in Ikot Abasi for additional investigations and prosecution.
The Commander, who defined that the vessel was stuffed with unspecified amount of illegally refined AGO, famous that the command wouldn’t relent in its battle towards maritime crimes and criminality.
He, nonetheless, warned individuals involving in prison actions inside the coastal waters to search for respectable technique of livelihood or relocate because the command would proceed to arrest them and hand them over to related safety businesses for prosecution.
He additionally urged the media to sensitise the general public on the necessity to cooperate with the safety forces within the battle towards all.
“The Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee on anti unlawful oil patrol arrested MT PREYOR 1 on Might 18, 2020 alongside Uta-Ewa Creek for suspected unlawful oil bunkering actions.
“The vessel was laden with unspecified amount of illegally refined Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO) as required by the Harmonized Commonplace Working Process, the suspects, vessel and merchandise are hereby handed over to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) for additional investigation and attainable prosecution,” Ibrahim stated
Receiving the vessel, merchandise and the 5 suspects on behalf of EFCC, Mr Victor Ikang, Head Extractive Business, Fraud Part, Uyo Zonal workplace thanked the Navy for the arrest.
He assured that the fee would examine the case completely and produce all culprits to ebook.