EFCC to try nine foreigners for oil theft

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The Nigerian Navy has handed over seven Sri-Lankans and two Ghanaians, who were among the 66 suspected crude oil thieves arrested in December 2019 by operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), BEECROFT in Lagos to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.

Speaking during a briefing in Lagos on Thursday, representative of the Commander of NNS BEECROFT, Navy Captain Rafiu Oladejo, stated that the suspects would be charged to court before the end of next week, adding that the force would also hand over to the EFCC seven vessels used by the suspects to commit the crime.

He said the crude oil found on them was suspected to have been stolen from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) facilities in the Niger Delta region.

According to him, samples of products found on the seized ships had been taken by officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for laboratory analysis.

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