The Nigerian Navy said on Wednesday that it had arrested 18 male sailors, including one Indian for allegedly attempting to illegally export stolen crude oil to Ghana.
Capt. Adegoke Ebo, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Port Harcourt, said this while handing over the suspects and vessels to the Police at the naval base in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the handing over is to enable the police to conduct further investigations on the incident and the suspects.
He said the sailors had planned to move stolen crude oil from Nigeria with two foreign vessels, MT Apecus and MT Invictus, believed to be owned by Petrogress Incorporation with offices in Nigeria, Greece and U.S.
He stated that the suspects were on the verge of moving the crude oil to Ghana before they were arrested by naval forces.
“Among those arrested was the Managing Director of Petrogress Incorporation in Nigeria, Mr Osimili Adah.
“Adah stationed two vessels, MT Apecus and MT Invictus at Qua…