EFCC Investigates 11 Suspected Oil Thieves and Vessel Arrested by Nigerian Navy

The EFCC investigates 11 suspected oil thieves and a vessel in Lagos, highlighting ongoing efforts to combat oil theft and illegal bunkering in Nigeria's oil and gas industry.

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EFCC Investigates 11 Suspected Oil Thieves and Vessel Arrested by Nigerian Navy

EFCC Investigates 11 Suspected Oil Thieves and Vessel Arrested by Nigerian Navy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced an investigation into 11 suspected oil thieves and one vessel, MT SAISNIL II, which were apprehended by the Nigerian Navy. The suspects and the vessel were transferred to the EFCC's custody by the Nigerian Navy, specifically by NNS Beecroft, located in Apapa, Lagos.

The vessel and the crew were intercepted and arrested on February 7, 2024 by naval officers for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering and Automatic Identification System (AIS) infractions at Abo Oilfield, Ogogoro Community, Ondo State. The 11 suspects were identified as Jimoh Olusola, Akinrodoye Tobias, Idolor Ogun, Blessed Udoh Michael, Fineface Zorte, Victor Ime Edem, Shofela Bode, Adejokun Taiye Emmanuel, Golden A. Javan, Yekini Lukman, and Ajayi Oluwole.

Why this matters: Oil theft and illegal bunkering continue to pose significant challenges to Nigeria's oil and gas industry, leading to substantial revenue losses for the government and environmental degradation in affected communities. The arrest and investigation of suspected oil thieves by law enforcement agencies like the EFCC and the Nigerian Navy demonstrate ongoing efforts to combat this menace and protect the nation's resources.

EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Dele Oyewole, stated that the suspects will be prosecuted in court as soon as the investigations are concluded by the commission's operatives in its Lagos Command. The Nigerian Navy's interception of the vessel and crew, and their subsequent handover to the EFCC, highlight the collaborative efforts between security agencies to tackle economic crimes in the country.

As the investigation progresses, the EFCC is conducting thorough inquiries through its operatives at the Lagos Command. Upon the conclusion of the investigations, the suspects will be prosecuted and brought before the court to face appropriate charges related to their alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering and AIS infractions in Ondo State.

Key Takeaways

  • EFCC investigates 11 suspected oil thieves and 1 vessel in Lagos.
  • Suspects and vessel were apprehended by Nigerian Navy on Feb 7, 2024.
  • Oil theft and illegal bunkering pose challenges to Nigeria's oil industry.
  • EFCC to prosecute suspects in court after concluding investigations.
  • Collaboration between EFCC and Navy highlights efforts to combat economic crimes.