Navy hands over seized vessel and crew to EFCC
From Femi Folaranmi, Yénagoa
the The Nigerian Navy has turned over a seized vessel, the MT TIS IV, and its 22 crew members to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The ship and crew were arrested
on December 6, 2021, by the Nigerian Navy Vessel (NNS Soroh), Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on the Akassa River, in the Brass Local Government Area.
At the time of her arrest, the vessel was loaded with 700 liters of illegally sourced crude oil valued at approximately (N 148,281,000).
Commander of the NNS Soroh, Commodore Patrick Effah who presided over the handover ceremony at the EFCC in Brass Local
The Bayelsa State Government Zone said the Navy investigation found the ship and her crew to be complicit in economic sabotage.
“On December 6, 2021, the Nigerian
The Navy during a routine patrol in the Akassa River channel stopped an MTS vessel loaded with approximately 700,000 liters of illegal oil.
A representative of the EFCC, Mr. Anthony Mark, deputy superintendent of the EFCC, said the anti-corruption commission would begin an investigation and prosecution.