Navy apprehends 3 suspected oil thieves

27 July 2015, Ikot Abasi – Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, weekend, apprehended and handed over three suspected oil thieves to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC.

Ghana-navy1The suspects were arrested for allegedly stealing 8,420 litres of products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, two generators, one pumping machine and one 40 horse-power out-board engine.

Briefing journalists while handing over the items, the Commander of the base, Commodore David Adeniran, said the officers intercepted one Volkswagen Vento car bearing two different number plates (DUK 144 XA and XW 717 ABC), which was coincidentally used in conveying the products.

He said: “The NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi has intercepted one Volkswagen Vento car carrying illegal PMS products.

“What we are doing is to hand over to culprits, who were caught with this products and vehicle, to NSCDC.”

Adeniran, who was represented by the executive officer of the Base, Captain Emmanuel Nmoyen, explained that some of the suspects involved in the oil theft escaped to the creeks.

While receiving the suspects, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Emmanuel Ojeniyi, commended the Navy for its firm commitment to protecting and defending the maritime environment in the country.

Ojeniyi, who was represented by the Head of Public Relations and Protocol of the command, Mr. Ime White, said the corps would conduct thorough investigation and prosecute any of the suspects found culpable.

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