- The Nigerian Navy has left a vessel of illegally refined Automated Gasoline Oil (AGO) in the care of the EFCC
- The FOB commanding officer of the force, Captain Adamu Yahaya, reported that the vessel was seized in May 2017
- Abdullahi Musa, a senior detective of the commission promised the Navy that the truth about the ownership of the vessel will be investigated
The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Brass local government area of Bayelsa on Wednesday, April 11, handed over impounded Barge Podium of vessel to the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The FOB commanding Officer, Navy Captain Adamu Yahaya, who handed over the vessel to EFCC in Formoso, Egwuama of Brass area of the state, said the vessel was laden with unspecified quantities of products, suspected to be illegally refined Automated Gasoline Oil (AGO), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Yahaya also said the vessel was seized in May 2017 at a creek in Alaki area of Rivers, adding that the suspects on board fled when they sighted the Navy gunboat.
He said the handing over of the vessel to the commission was in compliance with the naval headquarters’ directives.
Yahaya said: “The Nigerian Navy has been given the mandate to apprehend any ship suspected to be carrying out illegalities in the Nigerian maritime domain, however, by law, we are not allowed to carry out prosecution of offenders.
“We are directed to handover seized vessels to the EFCC for further investigations and possible prosecution.”
Abdullahi Musa, a senior detective superintendent and leader of the EFCC team from Port Harcourt zonal office received the vessel and promised the force that EFCC would carry out thorough investigation into the matter.
Musa remarked: “We will carry out thorough investigation with a view to determining the level of involvement, content of the vessel and prosecution of those involved.”
NAN reported that officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) took samples of the content of the vessels for further laboratory analysis.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Nigerian Navy said it had discovered six new illegal refineries with combined capacity to refine four million litres of crude oil daily in Alakiri, Asari Toru local government area of Rivers state.
NAIJ.com gathered that that the executive officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) pathfinder Port Harcourt, Captain Victor Choji, disclosed this while destroying one of the illegal refineries on Friday, March 30, in Alakiri, Asari-Toru.
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