Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base FOB at Ibaka Town in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, has handed over a vessel, MV SWORD FISH V, its 12 crew members and illegally bunkered diesel, (Automotive Gas Oil AGO), which were arrested by the men of the Nigerian Navy to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
A team of operatives from EFCC, led by the Uyo Zonal Head, Mr. Abdulkarim Chukkol, took delivery of the Vessel,and the crew members from the Nigerian Navy on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
Speaking at the handing over of both the vessel and crew members, the Acting Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Captain R.O. Adoki disclosed that the vessel, its captain and his crew members and the illegally bunkered petroleum product were arrested at Monipulo Nigeria Limited Platform at Agbani Oil Field by a team of naval officers on patrol.
The arrested sailors on board the vessel are: Bakpa Yerinmene (Captain), Aremu Temiloluwa (Chief Mate), Marvel Douye Prince (Deck Cadet), Bakumo Uyatede (Chief Engineer), Izamohi Samson(Engr Cadet), Jonathan Tuoyo (AB 1), Iyaragba Ebimayenimigha (AB 2), Abejuwa Clever (AB 3), Pius Ziko (AB 4), Omoniyi Oba Joseph (Oiler 1), Imangbe David (Oiler 2) and Jumbo Anthony (Cook).
Speaking to journalists, Chukkol condemned the action of the illegal bunkerers and promised swift and thorough investigation which he said will be carried to a logical conclusion, adding that the arrested suspects will face prosecution if they are found culpable.