The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command, has commenced investigations into the activities of eight suspected oil thieves in Rivers State.
The suspects were handed over to the EFCC by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Akiama Road, Bonny Island, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
According to the Navy, the vessel, MV Cabrini, and her eight crew members were arrested during an operation on Wednesday, November 8 2023. They were arrested with an unquantified amount of illegally acquired Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, along Bonny Channel.
The suspects are: Tyson Saidi, Emmanuel Memedo, Bamidele Owoeye, Sunday Okenwa, Sanusi Adeola, Kessen Friday, Miebaka, Kienka and Emmanuel Adewole.
Naval Hand-Over Officer, Lieutenant Commander G.Y Gwaza, said the suspected oil thieves were handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution.
In response, Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, CSE Itoro Levi, who received the suspects on behalf of the EFCC, assured that thorough and professional investigations would be carried out in the case.
She also thanked the Navy for its collaborative efforts with the EFCC.