- The Nigerian Navy says it will court martial 3 of its personnel caught with equipment belonging to Tompolo
- The Navy says the equipment were part of those confiscated from Tompolo by the federal government
- Rear Admiral Saleh Usman declares that the central naval command is notorious for illegal activities such as crude oil theft
The Nigerian Navy said on Monday, August 27, that it would carry out a court-martial of three naval personnel allegedly involved in the theft of some equipment belonging to Government Ekpemukpolo, better known as Tompolo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rear Admiral Saleh Usman, the outgoing Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, disclosed this during a farewell parade organised in his honour at the Warri Naval Base.
The report quoted Usman, who was flanked by the Nigerian Navy Ship, DELTA, commander, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, as saying the Navy had concluded investigations into the alleged involvement of the officers in the crime.
The naval chief added that a court martial had been set up to try the suspects accordingly and would be dismissed from service and handed over to the police if found guilty.
According to the report, the suspects were allegedly caught with some of Tompolo’s equipment currently confiscated by the federal government.
“We all know that there is no institution without bad eggs. To ensure the image of the Navy is not soiled, we have instituted a martial committee to try the suspects.
“They are currently in detention, so, if after their trial and they are found guilty, we will dismiss and hand them over to the police for prosecution.
“In the next two weeks, the court martial will start sitting and the outcome of the trial will be made public, that I can assure you.
“We will not cover anybody up. We have our integrity to protect too,” Usman said urging the ratings to shun partisan politics and show supreme respect to the constitution and the constituted authorities.
“The democratic system of government is vital for Nigeria if we aspire to be part of globalisation and the attendant development.
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“I therefore urge you to shun partisan politics as we approach the 2019 general elections,” he said.
Usman declared that the Central Naval Command was notorious for illegal activities such as crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy and sea robbery adding that the command was able to checkmate the activities of the criminals.
He also said that the introduction of swamp buggy operations had led to the destruction of over 80 illegal refining sites and 220 illegal refineries.
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