Nigeria Navy Ship Jubilee (NNS) has arrested five suspects of oil bunkering in Akwa Ibom and seized one vessel loaded with illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
It added that the vessel, MT PREYOR 1, was seized May 18 during anti-illegal oil patrol along Uta-Ewa Creek.
The commander of the NNS Jubilee, Commodore Majid Ibrahim, revealed this to journalists on Tuesday while handing over the vessel and the suspects to the Officials of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ikot Abasi for further investigation and prosecution.
The commander, who explained that the vessel was filled with unspecified amount of illegally refined AGO, noted that the command would not interfere in its fight against maritime crimes and crime.
However, he warned people involved in criminal activities in coastal waters to look for legitimate forms of life or move because the command will continue to arrest them and hand them over to relevant security agencies for prosecution.
He also urged the media to raise public awareness of the need to work with security forces in the fight against all.
"The Nigerian Navy Ship Anniversary on Anti-Illegal Oil Patrol arrested MT PREYOR 1 on May 18, 2020 along Uta-Ewa Creek on suspicion of illegal oil bunker operations.
"The vessel was loaded with unspecified amount of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) required under the harmonized standard operating procedure, the suspects, the vessel and the products are hereby submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and possible prosecution, "Ibrahim said
Recipient vessel, products and five suspects on behalf of EFCC, Victor Ikang, Head Extractive Industry, Fraud Section, Uyo Zonal office thanked the Navy for the arrest.
He assured that the commission would investigate the matter thoroughly and bring all the culprits to book.