- Nineteen suspects have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy
- The suspects were accused of illegal dealings in petroleum products sourced from a hijacked vessel
- At the point of arrest, the sum of N3,500,000.00, suspected to be proceeds from the sale of the illegally acquired products was found on the suspects
The Nigerian Navy has handed over 19 suspects and two fibre boats laden with petroleum products to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.
The suspects are: Ayeni John, Adetini Ademola, Saliu Malik, Emmanuel Tosu, Emopin Moneyin, Malade Aiyetimiyi, Oduroja Ojune, Ikudehinbu Idowu, Abogun Ota, Elamah Augustine and Olarotimi Elikanah.
Others are: Thank-God Benjamin, Abbas Friday, Victor Goldsmith, Gbenga Thomas, Ibane Austin, Idowu Surprise, Asemia Thomas and Agbayoh Lawrence.
They were arrested on August 30, 2018 in Lagos and some parts of Ondo state and are alleged to be involved in an illegal dealing in petroleum products sourced from the hijacked vessel, MT MAMA ELIZABETH.
The sum of N3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) suspected to be proceeds from the sale of the illegally acquired products was found on the suspects at the point of arrest.
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Idris Abdullahi Abubakar, an investigator with the EFCC who received the suspects and the boats on behalf of the Commission, assured the Nigerian Navy of diligent investigation and prosecution of the suspects.
The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal government expressed its commitment to tracking down the crude oil output, adding that for the first time it could now ascertain the exact quantity of barrels of crude oil produced in the country.
Speaking at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja on Tuesday, January 29, the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, made the disclosure to Nigerians.
According to the minister, government is ready to form a synergy with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to track vessels responsible for lifting crude oil from the country.
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