The Nigerian Army has handed over a tugboat and a barge allegedly seized from oil thieves, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Delta State.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. However, he did not say whether the suspects were arrested or not.
Uwujaren said the tugboat (MV Omar Success) and the barge (EBIs 1) were allegedly being used for illegal oil bunkering when they were seized.
According to him, the Sector 1, Operation Delta Safe of the Army intercepted the vessels at a creek in Abadiama community of Burutu local government area of the state following a tip off.
“Speaking at the event, Major Y. J. Yunusa, who represented the Commander, said the tugboat and barge were intercepted on February 1, 2018 while trans loading suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil.
“Richard Ogberagha, an EFCC operative, who received the exhibits on behalf of the Benin Zonal Head of the Commission, Milafia Yakubu, said the EFCC would do a painstaking investigation and ensure that those involved were brought to book,” Uwujaren said.