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Economic Sabotage: EFCC, Nigerian Navy reaffirm commitment to fight against oil theft

*The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Beecroft, in Lagos, have resolved to continue the offensive against crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, and other economic sabotage cases in the country

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As a practical measure to prevent further economic sabotage of the country’s wealth in the downstream sector, the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Beecroft, in Apapa, Lagos Stare, have reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against oil theft.

ConsumerConnect reports Ahmed Ghali, EFCC Lagos Zonal Commander, while speaking during a courtesy to the Commodore Bashir Mohammed, Commander of the NNS Beecroft, Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in Apapa, Lagos State, said: “We are here on behalf of the Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, Management and entire staff of the EFCC to thank the Commander of the NNS Beecroft for the support we have received from your office over the years.

“Worthy of note is that out of 83 vessels arrested, 51 were handed over to the EFCC; and this goes to show the extent of our working relationship.

The Lagos Zonal Commander of EFCC also stated: “I am glad to state on record that 21 of the cases have been concluded, 19 are undergoing prosecution and about three or four are waiting for legal advice.”

According to the anti-graft Commission, Ghali highlighted the challenges of dealing with the issue of oil theft, and said “we will continue to do whatever is within our powers to ease the stress of the officers and ensure that all the forfeited vessels are disposed of soon, according to the Presidency’s directives.

“Without you, there is no way we can fight crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and other economic sabotage cases. We do not have the capacity to accomplish this task on our own.”

Commodore Mohammed, in his response during the visit said: “This is a very important visit.

“EFCC is one of the most strategic partners we have in Lagos; and when I came in newly, I made it a point of duty to visit the EFCC office to show the importance attached to our relationship.

“The officers have been very important close partners in terms of all our operations and we will continue to do our best in our collaborations.”

Mohammed urged improvement on the existing relationship between both agencies, and noted that “we are happy with the court cases; the outcome is very good and we are very impressed with the legal team of the EFCC.”

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