NAVY APPREHENDS VESSEL, 8 SUSPECTS, HANDS OVER TO EFCC
The Nigerian Navy has handed over eight suspects and a vessel loaded with about 100,000 litres of diesel suspected to have been illegally acquired to the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, during the handing over at the jetty of NNS Delta, Warri base, urged those involved in illegal businesses in the maritime environment of the country to refrain or face the wrath of the law.
Dewu, who was represented by the Executive Officer (XO) of the NNS Delta, Navy Captain Adeyemi Adewuyi, while parading the suspects, explained that the detained vessel; MV Mama Elizabeth 1, was apprehended for failing to obtain valid naval approvals before carrying the products.
According to him, there were eight suspects- all crew members on board at the time of the arrest and they are all going to be handed over to the EFCC along with the vessel.
He said “my warning is for those people that are denting or committing maritime crimes to desist from it because the Nigerian Navy will not relent in her efforts to arrest perpetrators of maritime crimes”.
After the handing over, the Principal Detective Superintendent with the EFCC, Benin Zonal Office, Mr. Richard Ogberaga, said the commission would carry out further investigations to ensure all guilty persons face the law accordingly.