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Oil theft: Navy hands over 19 suspects, two boats to EFCC

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NIGERIAN Navy has handed over 19 suspects and two fiber boats laden with petroleum products to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for further investigations and prosecutions.

The suspects were ;Ayeni John, Adetini Ademola, Saliu Malik, Emmanuel Tosu, Emopin Moneyin, Malade Aiyetimiyi, Oduroja Ojune, Ikudehinbu Idowu, Abogun Ota, Elamah Augustine and Olarotimi Elikanah.

Others were; Thank-God Benjamin, Abbas Friday, Victor Goldsmith, Gbenga Thomas, Ibane Austin, Idowu Surprise, Asemia Thomas and Agbayoh Lawrence.

According to a press release, signed by Tony Orilade , Ag. Head, Media and Publicity EFCC , they were arrested on August 30, 2018 in Lagos and some parts of Ondo State and were alleged to be involved in illegal dealing in petroleum products sourced from the hijacked vessel, (MT MAMA ELIZABETH).

The sum of N3.5m suspected to be proceeds from the sale of the illegally acquired products was found on the suspects at the point of arrest.

Idris Abdullahi Abubakar, an investigator with the EFCC who received the suspects and the boats on behalf of the commission, assured the Nigerian Navy of diligent investigations and prosecution of the suspects.

The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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