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Navy parades suspected oil thief


In continuation of its fight against oil theft and other crimes on the waterways, Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, in Akwa Ibom State has paraded and handed over a 42-year-old Mr. Ishaya Musa Vandi, to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for impersonating an army personnel and driving a Chevrolet van with a foreign registration number QUEBEC FFV3920 conveying 31 by 30 liters of jerry cans and 60 cellophane bags of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO (kerosene).

Lieutenant Commander Muritala Yunusa, who spoke on behalf of NNS Jubilee Commander, Suleiman Gabar, made this known at the base in Ikot Abasi. Yunusa said NNS Jubilee patrol team, Operation Thunder on a routine patrol along Port Harcourt/Ogoni/Ikot Abasi axis intercepted and arrested Vandi in possession of a fake Nigerian Army identity card with name LCPL Nwalieji Emmanuel with Svc No 98NA/46/2298-82 serial no 40123, impersonating an army personnel.

The suspect, Vandi, a native of Adamawa State but who resides in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom, confessed to the crime, saying he knew that bunkering is illegal but was doing it for survival. He said he loaded the illegal AGO from the water in Etowo, Port Harcourt heading to Abak to sell to individuals, adding that he had been doing the business successfully because he used to bribe officers on the road till he gets to his destination.

The NSCDC Chief Superintendent, Mr. Ojimba Abel, while receiving the suspect and exhibits commended the Nigerian Navy for their collaboration with sister agencies. He vowed that his command would carry out necessary investigation and prosecute accordingly.

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