Nigerian Navy Hands Over 19 Suspects To Police Over Oil Theft

At least 19 suspects have been handed by the Nigerian Navy and two fibre boats laden as well as petroleum products to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution if need be.

The suspects which were arrested by the Nigerian Navy includes Ayeni John, Adetini Ademola, Saliu Malik, Emmanuel Tosu, Emopin Moneyin, Malade Aiyetimiyi, Oduroja Ojune, Ikudehinbu Idowu, Abogun Ota, Elamah Augustine and Olarotimi Elikanah.

More of the suspects who were arrested included:  Thank-God Benjamin, Abbas Friday, Victor Goldsmith, Gbenga Thomas, Ibane Austin, Idowu Surprise, Asemia Thomas and Agbayoh Lawrence.

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The suspects who were apprehended by the Nigerian Nay on August 30, 2018, in Lagos state and also some areas of Ondo State.

The suspects were alleged to be involved in an illegal dealing in petroleum products sourced from the hijacked vessel identified to be Mt Mama Elizabeth.

It was also reported that the total sum of N3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only suspected to be the result from the sale of the illegally acquired products was discovered with the suspects at the point of arrest.

Idris Abdullahi Abubakar who is an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission who received the suspects and the boats on behalf of the Commission made sure that the Nigerian Navy of diligent investigation and prosecution of the suspects will be carried out.

However, according to different sources, the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is done and further concluded.

The investigator of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Idris Abdullahi, had made it clear that thorough investigation would be carried out in order to ascertain the people behind the crime and they will be prosecuted if they are found guilty.

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