Navy nabs 10 suspects, vessel with 7,000 barrels of crude oil

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The Nigerian Navy has arrested 10 persons suspected to be dealing in oil bunkering in Akwa Ibom.

Commodore Madumom Ide, the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Jubilee,  made the disclosure to newsmen on Friday at Ibaka in Mbo LGA of the state.

He said that the arrest was made  at Ikot Abasi LGA of the state on Dec. 28, 2023.

The commander added that the navy impounded a vessel codenamed “Motor Tanker Queen Hansal” containing products suspected to be crude oil.

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“Ten  suspects were arrested –  one captain and  nine crew members  – all Nigerians.

“The vessel, as it stands, has capacity for 1,022 tonnes translating to over 7,000 barrel of oil, which is about over N800 million.

“Imagine what that amount will do for the community and our country at large?” Ide asked.

He disclosed that the vessel was arrested by NNS Orji and handed over to NNS Jubilee, adding that it was kept at the Forward Operation Base in Ibaka.

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He said the Nigerian Navy was committed to ridding the maritime space of criminals and nefarious activities.

Ide warned those involved in economic sabotage to desist from it.

“Nigerian Navy has resolved more than ever to stopped criminals from ripping our common patrimony,” Ide said.

He said that the suspects, the crude oil and the vessel would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further investigation and prosecution.

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