Navy hands over bunkering suspects to EFCC
The NNS Victory of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar has handed over eight suspected illegal bunkerers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution.
Handing over the suspects to the EFCC in Calabar on Thursday, the Commanding Officer, NNS Victory, Commodore Kingdom Itoko, said the navy was committed to the fight against illegal bunkering in the country.
He described the crime as economic sabotage to the country, adding they would not relent in ridding maritime environment of criminal elements.
'I am handing over the eight suspects to EFCC and a formal letter will be completed in my office and signed as a document of the handing over.'
'I want to tell Nigerians especially those living in Cross River that we are not resting in our oars in the fight of illegal bunkering and oil theft,'' he said.
He recalled that they arrested the eight suspects and impounded items which include 220 drums of diesel, wooden boat and two pumping machines on December 21 last year.
He said the suspects were arrested between Igbani station and Parrot Island with the products which were to be sold in Calabar.
Assistant Detective Superintendent, EFCC Port Harcourt Office, Mr Abdullahi Musa, said they would further investigate the suspects to unravel the sponsors of the illegal operation.