P&ID Scam: EFCC Re-Arraigns Nolan, Two Others

James Nolan was arraigned by the EFCC in Abuja on October 18, 2021.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday re-arraigned two British nationals, James Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), before Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

They were re-arraigned for their alleged complicity in the controversial Process and Industrial Development gas processing contract, leading to the $9.6 billion arbitral award to P&ID Limited by a United Kingdom commercial court.

The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited – a Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI) – and ICIL Limited, were re-arraigned on 32 counts bordering on money laundering.

Count 21 of the charge read, “That you, ICIL LIMITED, JAMES RICHARD NOLAN and ADAM QUINN (at large) between January and December 2008 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, used the total sum of N52,202,392.91 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed proceed of your unlawful activities to wit: tax evasion and failure to submit value added tax returns, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

Another count read, “That you, ICIL LIMITED, JAMES RICHARD NOLAN and ADAM QUINN (at large) between January and December 2009 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, used the total sum of N26,366,748.91 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed proceed of your unlawful activities to wit: tax evasion and failure to submit value added tax returns, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).”

After the charges were read to them, the third defendant (Nolan) pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.

Quinn, who is at large, was not available to take his plea but the prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, requested that his plea be recorded as “guilty” which the judge granted.

In view of Nolan’s not guilty plea, Iheanacho asked the court for a trial date.

The defence counsel, Micheal Ajara, on his part applied to the court for the defendant to continue enjoying the bail granted to him by Justice Okon Abang, which the prosecuting counsel did not oppose.

Justice Okorowo, thereafter, adjourned the matter until December 13 for the commencement of the trial.

EFCC Nabs 12 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan

 

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, October 15, 2021, arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters at Alapata and Awotan areas of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects include: Adetola Oluwaseyi Francis, Yusuf Sadam Opeyemi, Usman Adam Abudulahi, Usman Adams Shehu, Ogunleye Timidehin Paul, Omobowa Oluwagbemileke Israel, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Kamorudeen Sodiq Akano.

Others are; Adeboye Abdulazeez Ayodeji, Ojekunle Tobiloba Micheal, Adewole Peter Adewunmi and Adetola Olamilekan Abidemi.

According to the EFCC, the suspects most of whom claimed to be undergraduates were apprehended following actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

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At the point of the arrest, series of fraudulent documents and other instruments allegedly used in committing the suspected crimes were recovered from them.

The items include: Toyota Corolla, sophisticated phones and laptops.

The agency stated that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

FILE: Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation.

READ ALSO: EFCC Discontinues Case Against Kogi State

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

N20bn Bail-Out Loan: EFCC Discontinues Case Against Kogi State

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discontinued its suit seeking the forfeiture of the N20 billion bailout funds granted to the Kogi State Government.

The money was meant for the payment of Kogi State workers but was alleged to have been instead domiciled in an interest-yielding account with the bank.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke granted the order of discontinuance following an application for a notice of discontinuance filed and argued by the counsel to EFCC, Kemi Pinheiro.

Mr Pinheiro listed six grounds upon which the judge granted the application, adding that “the EFCC is a responsible body.”

One of the grounds was that the management of Sterling bank where the account was domiciled had clarified questions resulting in the commencement of the suit and an intention had been shown to return the sum of N19,333,333,333.36 back to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

On August 31st, Justice Tijjani Ringim had granted an ex-parte application brought by the EFCC for an interim forfeiture of the N19, 333, 333, 333.36 billion, said to be warehoused in Sterling Bank account number 0073572696.

Justice Ringim made the order of the interim forfeiture after taking arguments from the EFCC’s counsel, Abbas Muhammed.


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The judge ruled that the order was pending the conclusion of an investigation or possible prosecution by the EFCC.

At the resumption of proceedings on Friday, Pinheiro presented EFCC’s grounds for discontinuance as contained in an October 13, 2021 application.

The application titled ‘Notice of discontinuance’ stated that ‘the Applicant, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission has resolved to discontinue this matter in SUIT NO: FHC/L/CS/1086/2021 pending before this Honourable Court against the Respondent’s Account herein.”

The grounds upon which discontinuance is brought are:

“That the account upon which this Suit was instituted was frozen by an Order of this Honourable Court.

“That the Management of Sterling Bank Plc, where account No 0073572696 with the name KOGI STATE SALARY BAIL OUT ACCOUNT is domiciled has clarified the questions resulting to the commencement of this suit

“That the management of Sterling Bank Plc, where account No 0073572696 with the name KOGI STATE SALARY BAIL OUT ACCOUNT is domiciled, has since acknowledged the existence of the said account in their book but claimed same was a mirror account.

“That the sum of N19,333,333,333.36 is still standing in the credit of the account frozen pursuant to the Order of this Honourable Court.

“That the management of Sterling Bank Plc, where account No 0073572696 is domiciled, has pursuant to a letter dated 21st September 2021, signed by its Managing Director indicated intention to return the total sum of N19,333,333,333.36 back to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“That it is expedient for the instant suit to be discontinued and the account unfrozen to enable the management of Sterling Bank Plc, effect the transfer/return of the sum of N19,333,333,333.36 back to the coffer of the Central Bank of Nigeria where the said bailout funds was disbursed.”

Granting the EFCC’s application, Justice Aneke said: “I have listened to the submission of the learned Silk for the application, Mr Kemi Pinheiro and perused the motion to withdraw. My humble opinion is that the application is meritorious and ought to be granted

“Accordingly, the application is granted as prayed.”

While responding, Counsel to the Kogi State Government, Sam Erugo commended the EFCC for its “professional approach”.

EFCC Arraigns Owo Prince Over N35.5m Fraud In Oyo

EFCC logo.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned an Owo prince in the Federal High Court in Ibadan over a N35.5 million fraud.

EFCC is prosecuting the suspect – Toluwalade John Olateru Olagbegi – before Justice Uche Agomoh on one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to said sum.

Although the prince hails from Ondo, he resides in the Bodija area of Ibadan in Oyo State, where he allegedly collected the sum from the complainant on the pretext of trading in forex.

According to the charge sheet, the accused intended to defraud his victim identified as a businessman, Julius Olorunsogo Alase under false pretence.

The anti-graft agency said the offence contravenes Section 1(1)(a) and is punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

After the charge was read against the suspect, he pleaded ‘not guilty to the offence.

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The charge reads: “That you, Toluwalade John Olateru-Olagbegi on or about 4th of March, 2021, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Thirty-Five Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N35,500,000:00) only from Julius Olorunsogo Alase (a Nigeria Businessman) on behalf of Lusan Royal Trading by false pretending it was part payment of the cost of an inflow of One Million United States of America Dollars (USD $1,000,000:00)only you claimed to have secured for him; which representations you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.”

Subsequently, Justice Agomoh ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Agodi.

While adjourning the case till October 25 for hearing of the bail application, the judge fixed November 15 for commencement of trial.

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Impostors Of Anthony Joshua Over £15,000 Fraud

British boxer Anthony Joshua speaks during the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 09, 2020. Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP

 

Two suspected Internet fraudsters – Ukhuriegbe Irekpitan and Onyekwa Chinedum – have been arraigned for the alleged impersonation of Nigerian-British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua.

The duo was arraigned on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State on a two-count charge each of impersonation.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, spokesman for the anti-graft agency Wilson Uwujaren said each of the defendants faces two counts.

The defendants were accused of allegedly sending electronic messages to two ladies and defrauding them of the sums of £10,000 and £5,491,23 respectively in London, the capital of England sometime in 2019.

Their offences are said to be punishable under section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

Charges

One of the charges against one of Joshua’s alleged impostors reads, “that you Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) sometime in 2019 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London which messages she relied upon and which made her suffer financial loss in the sum of £10,000 thereby committing an offence punishable under section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.”

One of the charges against Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan reads: “That you Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan sometime in 2018 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Mrs Zahra  Bagun, a lady in London which messages she relied on and which caused her to suffer the financial loss in the sum of £5,491.23 pounds, the equivalent of N2,306,220 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.”

Not Guilty

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

On his part, the prosecution counsel, I.M. Elody, asked for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of the Correctional Service.

The counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to remand them in EFCC custody, a move that was opposed by the EFCC counsel.

Justice Shuaibu thereafter adjourned the matter till October 21 and ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Benin City.

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Adjourns Fayose’s Trial Till December

File photo of former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned the continuation of the trial of former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, over allegations of fraud and money laundering until December 1, 2 and 3.

At the resumption of proceedings on Monday, the case was initially stalled while parties waited for one of the defence counsels.

When the case was eventually called at about 11:40am, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Rotimi Jacobs, told the court that having waited until almost noon, it would be better to grant an adjournment, to enable parties to come back and face the trial.

Although the first defence counsel and SAN, Ola Olanipekun, asked the EFCC to proceed with the testimony of its witness who was present in court, the case was, however, adjourned at the instance of the prosecutor’s counsel.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke asked parties to take new dates within the year, especially as no progress had been made in the matter since it resumed before him.

Following the agreement of the parties, the case was adjourned for continuation of trial.

Fayose is being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency over an alleged N2.2bn fraud and money laundering charge.

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He was first arraigned on October 22, 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, alongside his company, Spotless Investment Limited on 11 counts.

He had pleaded not guilty and was granted bail on October 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum.

The defendant was subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on July 2, 2019, after the case was withdrawn from Justice Olatoregun, following a petition by the EFCC alleging bias on her part.

He had also pleaded not guilty to the charge and was allowed to continue to enjoy the earlier bail granted.

The commission has since opened its case before Justice Aneke and has started taking witnesses in evidence.

During the trial before Olatoregun, the prosecution had called witnesses from several commercial banks, as well as a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

According to the charge, on June 17, 2014, Fayose and one Abiodun Agbele, were said to have taken possession of the sum of N1.2 billion for purposes of funding his governorship election campaign in Ekiti, sum which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was alleged to have received a cash payment of the sum of $5million (about N1.8 billion) from Obanikoro without going through any financial institution.

He was also alleged to have retained the sum of N300 million in his account and took control of the aggregate sums of about N622 million, which he reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was alleged to have procured De Privateer Limited and Still Earth Limited to retain the aggregate sums of N851 million which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Besides, the defendant was alleged to have used the aggregate sums of about N1.6 billion to acquire properties in Lagos and Abuja, which he reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

He was also alleged to have used the sum of N200 million to acquire a property in Abuja in the name of his elder sister Moji Oladeji, which he ought to know also formed part of the proceeds of crime.

The EFCC said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d), and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

EFCC Re-Arraigns Grace Taiga Over P&ID scam

Mrs Grace Taiga

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday re-arraigned Mrs Grace Taiga, an alleged accomplice in the multiple fraud case involving Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID).

She was arraigned before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on nine charges bordering on accepting bribes and other related crimes.

According to a statement by the EFCC, count three of the charge read: “That you Grace Taiga, Enameg Vera Mases Taiga (at large) Brendan Cahill (at large), Michael Quinn (deceased) on or about the 30th of January 2012 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire to commit an offence to wit, money laundering by disguising the origin of the sum of Five Thousand United States of America Dollars (USD 5,000) paid by Kristholm Limited -a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) – into the HSBC bank account of Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No.8, Canada Square, London branch of HSBC which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit; bribery and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) and punishable under section 15(2)(a) and (3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended)”.

Count four read, “That you Grace Taiga, Enameg Vera Moses Taiga (at large), Brendon Cahill (at large), Michael Quinn (deceased) on or about the 30th of January, 2012 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit an offence to wit, disguising the origin of the sum of Five Thousand United States of America Dollars (USD 5,000) paid by Kristholm Limited – a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) into the HSBC bank account of Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No.8, Canada Square, London branch of HSBC which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: bribery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 15(2(a) and (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended)”.

Count five read, “That you Grace Taiga, whilst being the Director of Legal at Ministry of Petroleum Resources, on or about the 30h of December 2009 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit an offence to wit, using the sum of Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty Nine United States of American Dollars and Five Cents (USD 4,969.5) paid by Marshpear Limited – a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) into the HSBC bank account of Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No.8, Canada Square, London branch of HSBC, which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit; bribery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 15(21d) and (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended)”.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges. In view of her plea, prosecution counsel, Abba Mohammed prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.

Defence counsel, Ola Olanipekun (SAN), said he filed a bail application on behalf of his client on March 18, 2021, asking the judge to admit her to bail on the grounds of ill-health and being a senior lawyer and former director, Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources who was called to the Bar in 1977.

However, the prosecuting counsel said the Commission filed a counter-affidavit rejecting the bail application and a further counter affidavit on Thursday morning, which he said they rely on.

After listening to the arguments by the counsel, Justice Egwuatu released the defendant to her counsel and adjourned the matter till October 27, 2021, for ruling on her bail application.

Senate Confirms Appointment Of EFCC Board Members

File Photo Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja  [email protected]

 

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of the Executive Secretary and board members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, by lawmakers present at Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja.

George Abang Ekpungu was confirmed as the Executive Secretary while Luqman Muhammed (Edo), Anumba Adaeze ( Enugu), Kola Adeshina (Kwara), Yahaya Mohammed (Yobe) as members of the board.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 21 nominated the appointees for the positions in the anti-graft agency.

He had informed the lawmakers in a letter addressed to the Senate that the nominations are in accordance with the Act establishing the anti-graft agency and the appointments are subject to the ratification of the Senate.

President Buhari had said, “In accordance with the provision of Section 2 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Establishment) Act 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate the under listed nominees as Board Members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission”.

Court Jails Cleric 28 Years For Impersonating Femi Adesina

A combination photo of Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina who was impersonated and a court gavel.

 

 

A 33-year-old cleric, Jamiu Isiaka has been sentenced to 28 years imprisonment over offences bordering on fraud and obtaining money by false pretence.

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the High Court in Kwara State who announced the sentence said the offence contravened Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Delivering his judgement in a case that has been on for over two years, Justice Abdulgafar held that the prosecution had tendered enough evidence to convince the court that the self-acclaimed cleric was guilty of the allegations brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The prison time is to be observed at Mandala Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

EFCC Zonal Office in Ilorin had on June 14, 2019, arraigned the defendant on four counts, all of which he pleaded not guilty to.

Jamiu was said to have presented himself as the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, to defraud a South Korean National, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30million.

While parading as a senior government official, Jamiu deceived the foreign national to collect various sums of money under the pretext of securing for him an NNPC approval/ marketing form and license certificate to buy crude oil in Nigeria.

In the course of interrogation, he claimed to have used the money to conduct sacrifice for the petitioner.

According to him, part of the money was used to buy items such as a vulture, elephant skin, elephant intestine, the skull of a lion and the liver of a gorilla which were all used as ingredients in the sacrifice.

During the trial, EFCC counsel, O. B Akinsola called two witnesses including Detective Dare Folarin who narrated how the defendant was arrested and how several fraudulent funds were traced to his bank accounts.

The prosecution tendered evidence on how Jamiu obtained the sum of $88,521.41 from his victim under the guise of helping him to procure an approval form from the NNPC.

EFCC also gave an account of how the defendant impersonated some senior government officials including Baru, Adeshina, INEC National Commissioner, Aminat Zakari, among others.

The defendant did not controvert the charge or the evidence tendered by the EFCC.

In his judgement, Justice Abdulgafar found Jamiu guilty of the four counts brought against him and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each count, which is to run concurrently.

In addition, the judge ordered the forfeiture of some properties recovered from the convict, which are proceeds of his unlawful activities. They are a four bed-room bungalow measuring 1813.132 located at Oke-Foma in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, a Toyota Corolla Car, One Plasma Television, Home Theatre, Freezer, Generator, Washing Machine and LG Air Conditioner to the Federal Government.

The court also ordered restitution to the victim of the crime.

EFCC To Appeal Court Ruling On Orji Kalu’s Retrial

A file photo of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it will appeal the ruling by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court stopping the Commission from retrying a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Kalu was serving a 12-year jail term for N7.1 billion fraud when the Supreme Court, ruling on an appeal by his co-defendant, Ude Udeogu, on 8 May 2020, nullified the proceedings leading to their conviction.

The Supreme Court had ordered a retrial at the Federal High Court.

But Kalu who profited from the ruling to secure release from the Kuje Correctional Centre, filed an application before the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop his retrial.

Earlier today, Justice Ekwo had granted the ex-governor’s request on the grounds that the apex court’s judgment did not order his retrial and that by virtue of Section 36 (9) of the 1999 constitution as amended, or Section 283 (2) of the ACJA (Administration of Criminal Justice Act), “no person can be retried on the offence upon which he has been convicted”.

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The EFCC in a statement by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, however, believes the judge erred in this ruling as it says Section 36(9) of the 1999 Constitution is applicable only where the previous judgment was by a court of competent jurisdiction.

In this case, the apex court had in the said judgment, described the process that led to the conviction of Kalu as a nullity because the judge came from the Court of Appeal to decide the matter.

The Commission further averred that the court erred in its ruling that the Supreme Court did not order the retrial of Kalu; that it amounts to cherry-picking for Kalu to profit from the decision of the apex court nullifying the conviction of his co-defendant, Ude Udeagu but is not prepared to face the burden of retrial.

Navy Hands Over Two Vessels Carrying Crude Oil To EFCC

Some of the crew members.

 

The Nigerian Navy has handed over two vessels –  MT Bright Hope and MV Johanna 11  –  to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). 

The two vessels were arrested by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Bonny with thirteen crew members onboard MT Bright Hope while  twelve crew members were onboard MV Johanna 11 .

While performing the handing over exercise in Bonny, Rivers State, the commanding officer Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Bonny, Captain Rufus Taye Oladejo explained that preliminary investigation has revealed that MT Bright Hope was arrested on the 10th of September 2021 along the Bonny waterways laden with about 1,371,256 litres of stolen crude oil and 62,431 litres of illegal refined AGO.

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Photo: Facebook/EFCC

 

Captain Oladejo while giving a brief of the second vessel, MV Johanna 11 that was also  arrested on the 14th of July 2021 conveying about 394 ,000 litres of product suspected to be AGO without the Nigerian Navy approval, also explained that activities of illegal refineries have reduced drastically due to the synergy with other sisters agencies in policing Nigeria’s waterways against oil theft and other marine crimes.

EFCC detective Arasah Shaks, who received the vessels and the suspects on behalf of the Port Harcourt Zonal command of the EFCC, said investigation will commence immediately and the suspects prosecuted if found guilty.

 

A photo of one of the vessels. Source: EFCC

 

Detective Shaks gave kudos to the Nigerian Navy for their unrelenting efforts in seeing that the waterways are protected and safe.