The Base Operation Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, Lieutenant Command Clement Ayogu, did the handing over.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, described the incident as a “sad development”.
The Navy arrested the vessel and its 16 Ukrainian nationals on January 23, 2018.
In a statement, the command’s public relations officer, SP Bala Elkana, said the depot is located at Ogboshishi, Naze in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Captain Adegoke Ebo, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, handed over the barges and some petroleum products to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that operators of the vessels and boat were caught in a private jetty in Port Harcourt discretely discharging about 108,000 litres of diesel into badges without licence
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday identified bunkering and vandalism as the “most challenging problems” that confronted his eight-year tenure…
The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin has warned oil companies to desist from committing economic sabotage against Nigeria.
The suspects, comprising crew members of MV DALAL, were arrested in March 2013 for allegedly having onboard products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil
But the Captain of the vessel, Rauf Rasak, said they were coerced into the illegal bunkering
They were arrested on board vessel MT AEGLE with 200 metric tons of petroleum product suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil bunkered from EX MT Mercy II into MT AEGLE