EFCC investigates 8 suspected oil thieves in Uyo

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced investigation into alleged illegal activities of eight suspected dealers in petroleum products without appropriate licences.

The arrested suspects include: Pere Ebiye (Captain), Okon David (DeckMan), Enuwa Wilson (Cook), Wesley Okon (DeckMan), Ade Ojo Idowu (Asst. Engineer), Oluwadamire Abraham (DeckMan), Oluwole Azuzu (Asst. Captain) and Taiwo Adebanwo (Chief Engineer).

They were arrested on February 23, 2024, onboard a wooden boat, MV Jasmine, which was laden with 30,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be crude, bunkered in a cellophane- sealed compartment of the boat and in four Geepee tanks.

The arrested crew members and the exhibits were handed over to the Commission on April 3, 2024, by the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke of the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom State.

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According to him, the crew were arrested at Posn Lat. 04°18.258°N. Long 008°29. 696’E by the Navy Ship Ekulu during a patrol.

He expressed the determination of the Navy to ensure that the Nigerian waterways remain safe and free of criminal activities.

“The Navy is on alert to arrest and prosecute any person found culpable in any criminal activity on our waterways or conveying illegal products as well as petroleum products,” he said.

Receiving the crew members, boat and products, the Uyo Zonal Commander, Bawa Saidu, who was represented by Terseer Chinyam thanked the Nigerian Navy and assured it of the Commission’s readiness to always partner with it and other security agencies to curb economic crimes in Nigeria.

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