12 persons in EFCC custody for illegal oil bunkering

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Twelve crew members of a vessel, MV SWORD FISH V have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Nigerian Navy for illegally bunkering Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) also known as diesel.

Speaking on Tuesday at the handing over of both the vessel and crew members at the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base FOB at Ibaka Town in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, the Acting Commanding Officer, Navy Captain R.O. Adoki disclosed that the vessel, its captain and his crew members and the illegally bunkered petroleum product were arrested at Monipulo Nigeria Limited Platform at Agbani Oil Field by a team of naval officers on patrol.

The suspected bunkers and the vessel were handed over to a team of operatives of the commission led by the Uyo Zonal Head, Abdulkarim Chukkol.

The arrested sailors onboard the vessel are: Bakpa Yerinmene (Captain), Aremu Temiloluwa (Chief Mate), Marvel Douye Prince (Deck Cadet), Bakumo Uyatede (Chief Engineer), Izamohi Samson(Engr Cadet), Jonathan Tuoyo (AB 1), Iyaragba Ebimayenimigha (AB 2), Abejuwa Clever (AB 3), Pius Ziko (AB 4), Omoniyi Oba Joseph (Oiler 1), Imangbe David (Oiler 2) and Jumbo Anthony (Cook).

Speaking to journalists, Chukkol condemned the action of the illegal bunkerers and promised swift and thorough investigation which he said will be carried to a logical conclusion, adding that the arrested suspects will face prosecution if they are found culpable.

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