The Nigerian Navy has handed over four persons and a vessel allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering to operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office, for further investigation and possible prosecution.
A statement by the EFCC’s acting Head of Media & Publicity, Tony Orilade, said the suspects: Promise Onate, Emonefe Stanley, Samson Obaje and Peresey Friday were onboard the vessel, MV Enterprise, when they were rounded up by men of the Nigerian Navy, NNS Delta on December 4, at Nana Creek Escravos, Delta State.
According to him, the suspects were arrested on the suspicion that they were conveying Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, without any valid approval.
Captain P. G. Yilme, who represented the NNS Commander at the handing over in Warri, Delta State, said, “After forensic analysis of the product by officials of Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, the result revealed that the product onboard were poorly refined AGO”.
While receiving the suspects and the vessel, Richard Ogberagha, an EFCC operative, said “the Commission will carry out further investigation and ensure that those found culpable are brought to book”.