Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA has handed over two impounded ocean-going vessels to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Warri.
Concise News learnt that the handover was done on Thursday with the vessels said to be laden with 120 tons of product reported to be illegally refined Automated Gasoline Oil (AGO).
Executive Officer of NNS Delta Navy Capt. Festus Adewuyi, said the vessels were seized in February 2016 within the NNS DELTA areas of responsibility.
According to Adewuyi, the suspects on board ships had been handed over to the police for prosecution after due interrogation by the Navy.
He noted that the handing over of the seized vessels to EFCC was in line with directives from the Naval headquarters.
“The Nigerian Navy has been given the mandate to apprehend any ship suspected to be carrying out illegalities in the Nigerian maritime domain,” Adewuyi added.
“However, by law, we are not allowed to carry out prosecution of offenders. We are directed to handover seized vessels to the EFCC for further investigations and possible prosecution.”