The IGP’s Task Force on Illegal Petroleum Bunkering has arrested three crew members of MT JAZZI VESSEL and a Depot Manager at Kirikiri Area of Lagos State.
In a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officers, CSP Jimoh Moshood on Thursday, he said that on Monday, 6th February, 2017 after a sustained surveillance and monitoring of MT JAZZI VESSEL and crew members sailing from the creeks of Port Harcourt in Rivers State through the waterway to Lagos State with Eight Hundred Thousand (800,000) litres of illegally refined AGO (Diesel), the IGP Task Force on Illegal Petroleum Bunkering unexpectedly swooped on the vessel and its crew members at a location in Kirikiri Area of Lagos State, arrested the vessel and the three crew members and the Manager of the Nakem deport where the illegally refined AGO (Diesel) was discharged. The eight hundred thousand (800,000) litres of AGO (Diesel) already discharged by the vessel was impounded.
CSP Jimoh Moshood further said that all the suspects namely Olajide Kabir (Nakem Deport Manager), Ogbolu Louis (Captain), Izuazu Anayo (Chief Engineer) and Solomon Agbanoma (Able Seaman) are already in Police custody and have volunteered confessional statements indicating the various criminal roles they played in the commission of this very serious criminal and economic crime.
Among the exhibits recovered from the suspect are: MT JAZZI VESSEL, 800,000 litres of illegally refined AGO (Diesel) off loaded at Nakem Deport and DRP Certificate of Laboratory Analysis confirming that the illegally refined (AGO) is off specification.
“Meanwhile, investigation is being intensified to arrest their collaborators and sponsors. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation for dealing in suspected illegally refined petroleum products AGO (Diesel) under the petroleum and miscellaneous offences acts, CSP Moshood said.
He assured all Nigerians of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in ensuring that all Nigerians and her communities are safe and secure, and our determination of making sure that there is social production, economic growth and development remains unwavering and unequivocal.