Alleged Illegal Oil Bunkering: Navy Hands over Vessel to EFCC Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 27, 2021

The Nigerian Navy, through the Forward Operating Base, FORMOSO, Yenagoa,  Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 handed over a Vessel, MV  MESSIAH 1 and Barge  MIRACLE arrested for illegal oil bunkering to the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office, for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The Vessel and Barge were arrested by the Operation Delta Safe’s patrol team at the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, Brass Terminal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on March 22, 2019.

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 The Naval Handing Over Officer, Captain Suleiman Dantosho Ibrahim said that both MV MESSIAH and Barge MIRACLE were each laden with 500,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil, (AGO).   

Principal Detective Superintendent Shehu Jibrilla who received the Vessel and Barge on behalf of the EFCC, assured the NAVY of their diligent investigation and possible prosecution.

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