The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA has handed over impounded vessels to the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for suspected oil theft.
The arrested vessels, TUG MV STEPH 1 and Barge SIMI, laden with product suspected to be stolen Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO), were handed over to the anti-graft agency today at the NNS DELTA Jetty.
Samuel Musa, the base operations officer (BOO) of NNS DELTA released the vessels to the EFCC on behalf of the Commander, NNS DELTA, Chindo Yahaya.
Addressing reporters, Mr Yahaya, a naval commodore, said that Barge SIMI was impounded with about 120,000 litres of product suspected to be AGO at Workson Jetty, Edjeba, on the NPA Expressway in Warri South.
He said that TUG MV STEPH 1 was arrested at KFT Yard, Edjeba on the NPA Expressway while discharging suspected AGO into some rubber tanks.
The commander said that the two vessels were arrested on 6 July.
Mr Yahaya said that TUG MV STEPH 1 was caught discharging product without necessary documentation, and approvals adding that it was consequently detained and taken to NNS DELTA.
He added that the NNS DELTA was poised to rid its area of illegal activities or operations.
He warned those who indulged in such illegalities to desist forthwith.