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EFCC launches investigation into alleged oil theft, arrests eight suspects in Uyo

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The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has initiated a probe into the suspected illegal activities of eight individuals believed to be involved in the illicit trade of petroleum products without proper licenses.

The apprehended suspects, including Pere Ebiye (Captain), Okon David (DeckMan), Enuwa Wilson (Cook), Wesley Okon (DeckMan), Ade Ojo Idowu (Asst. Engineer), Oluwadamire Abraham (DeckMan), Oluwole Azuzu (Asst. Captain), and Taiwo Adebanwo (Chief Engineer), were nabbed on Friday, February 23, 2024, aboard a wooden boat named MV Jasmine.

The vessel was found to be carrying 30,000 liters of petroleum products, suspected to be crude oil, concealed in a cellophane-sealed compartment and four Geepee tanks.

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The EFCC received both the arrested crew members and the seized exhibits on Tuesday, April 3, 2024, from the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke of the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom State.

Captain Aneke, emphasizing the Navy’s commitment to maintaining the safety and integrity of Nigerian waterways, pledged to prosecute any individual found engaging in criminal activities or conveying illegal products, including petroleum products.

Expressing gratitude to the Nigerian Navy, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE1 Bawa H. Saidu, represented by Assistant Superintendent ASE1 Terseer Chinyam, reiterated the Commission’s readiness to collaborate with security agencies to combat economic crimes in Nigeria.

The EFCC’s probe underscores its dedication to upholding the rule of law and ensuring the integrity of Nigeria’s economic landscape.

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