Abuja - The Nigerian Navy has handed over six suspected oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and possible prosecution.
These were arrested in July in Warri in the Delta State.
A vessel was impounded during the arrest.
According to Lieutenant Commander Francis Okoloagu, “The navy ship NNS COBRA, while on patrol July 28, arrested the suspects on board MT ALLI-RIZA BEY and MV SOA vessels transferring petroleum product suspected to be automotive gas oil to smaller boats offshore Escravos.”
He explained that the captain of the ship, MV SOA, had applied to NNS BEECROFT to bunker and its naval clearance by NNS BEECROFT to lift gas oil from Calabar to Lagos was valid until August 2013.
However, MV SOA was found at Escravos which contravened the Standing Operation Procedures (SOP) and approval granted.
The suspects aboard MV SOA were John Edema, Shina Orisanwo, Bushar Abiodun and Holly Ayenuwa while those arrested aboard MT ALI-RIZA BEY were Victor Olaboyin and Abdulazeez Salahu.
The suspects will be brought to court as soon investigations are completed.
- CAJ News