Navy Turns in 16 Suspected Oil Thieves, Vessel for Prosecution

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Augustine Osayande


The Nigerian Navy Central Command, Yenagoa on Thursday handed over 16 suspected oil thieves and a vessel, MV MARO to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.


According to a press statement by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), three Ghanaians, Robert Gakpetoe (captain of the vessel), Quarshie Kofi Eric and Hanson Jacob were aboard the vessel.


It added that eleven Indians: Mohammad Towavalam, Soni Kumar, Parveen, Heeray Yodam, Pradeep Kumar Sharma, Ajay Kumar, Ankit Rana, Manoj Kumar P, Puran Chand Yadan, Jogesh Chand Yadan, and Joyfull D Rongmeiwere were also I the vessel.

Two Nigerians, Wilfred R Fianu and Raphael Agidi were also said to aboard the vessel when it was arrested.

Navy Commanding Officer, Captain N.M. Madugu, said the vessel and the suspects were arrested on July 22, 2014 at Agbara, Yenagoa.

EFCC Senior Detective Superintendent Chinedu Ogbu received the suspects and the vessel on behalf of the commission for further investigation and prosecution.


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