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Bayelsa: Navy hands over suspected three oil thieves to NSCDC

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Bayelsa: Navy hands over suspected three oil thieves to NSCDC
By Edighomor Victo, Yenagoa
The Nigerian Navy has handed over three suspected crude oil thieves, with a DAF model underbelly twin tank truck with registration number Yobe T-0120-YB laden with 24,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil to the officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Bayelsa.
The Commander Commodore SD Atakpa, Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH (NNS)  handed over the suspects in Central Naval Command Headquarters, Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
Items recovered from the suspect are five mobile phones, as well as cash to the tune of#908,700 (nine hundred and eight thousand seven hundred) Naira only, was confiscated and taken to the base.
Represented by Lt. Cdr. Ola Babatunde, Acting Base Information Officer NNS Soroh, said the patrol team while conducting anti-crude oil theft patrols along Patani Highway  enroute Warri in Delta State.
 According to him: “The occupants of the truck arrested are; Mr Umar Muhammed and Mr Kabiru Muhammed where further placed under detention and truck impounded in the premises of NNS SOROH for further interrogation.
“In another development,  in the ongoing effort to clamp down on all forms anti-crude oil theft and illegal bunkering, Officers and men of the command deployed at about 19:07 of 14 th April 2022 based on actionable intelligence, “the base patrol team also intercepted and arrested one suspect, namely Mr Yusuf Usman in another DAF model  under bellied twin tank truck with registration number Lagos KRD-449-XY laden with 25,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil.
“The truck was intercepted along NNPC junction by Yenagoa Toll Gate. Following these developments three suspects are hereby  handed over to NSCDC Bayelsa State Command for further investigation and possible prosecution for crime of economic sabotage,” he said.
According to him: “On behalf of the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Adm. Idi Abass and the Commander NNS SOROH, Commodore SD Atakpa, I wish to reiterate that the Navy in her commitment towards the fight against crude oil theft.
“Illegal bunkering and other maritime crimes. It is noteworthy that, the Nigerian Navy remains committed in dealing with persons involved in this dastard acts within Nigerian waterways,” he said.
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