BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
Nigerian Navy has handed over a vessel, MV Mama Elizabeth I, arrested with 100,000 litres of illegal diesel in Excravos, Warri south-west local government area, Delta state to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Handing over the vessel yesterday at its jetty, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Shipyard, NNS Delta, Captain Adeyemi Adewuyi said the vessel was arrested with eight crew members on March 15 this year.
He said they were being handed over to the EFCC for investigation and prosecution.
“MV Mama Elizabeth I, was arrested for conveying product without approval. This morning we have been directed to hand over the vessel and the crew members, including the Captain to the EFCC for prosecution”, he said.
He further enjoined those behind maritime crime to refrain from it, stressing that the Navy will not relent in its war against oil theft and related crime.
Principal Detective Superintendent Benin Zonal office of the EFCC, Mr Richard Ogberaga said the commission will continue the investigation and prosecute those found wanting. ” We will investigate, look at the source, prosecute “, he said.
One of the suspects who described himself as Captain of the vessel, Mr ThankGod Ojuyaima told newsmen that he was not aware the vessel was convening illegal product.