Oil theft: 11 Indians, three Ghanaians, two Nigerians arrested
The Central Naval Command (CNC) of the Nigerian Navy is investigating the involvement of 11indians, three Ghanaians and two Nigerians in oil theft.
The 15 suspects were said to have been apprehended by the operatives of the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Formoso, Egwema, Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
The arrested Nigerians were said to be the local collaborators of the foreigners.
The Nation gathered that they were rounded up while attempting to lift substances suspected to be crude oil from an offshore loading terminal in Brass area of the state.
It was learnt that the vessels to be used in carrying out the illicit business came from Ghana.
The Commanding Officer, FOB, Formoso, Capt. Noel Madugu, confirmed the arrests.
He said the suspects, during the time of arrest had no permit to enter Nigerian waters and lift oil.
Madugu, however, said the suspects were preparing to siphon the product when they were apprehended.
Madugu said: “Our operatives arrested 11 Indian nationals, three Ghanaians and two Nigerians as they were waiting for vessels from the creeks.
“During the time of arrest, the suspects could not provide permits authorising them to load from Agbara platform of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s terminal in Brass. Their vessels came from Ghana.”
The commander said the suspects would be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agency after preliminary investigation.
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