The Nigerian Navy Central Command, Yenagoa on Thursday July 31, 2014 handed over sixteen suspected oil thieves and a vessel, MV MARO to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.
According to the Commanding Officer, Navy Captain N.M. Madugu, the vessel and the suspects were arrested on July 22, 2014 at Agbara, Yenagoa.
Aboard the vessel were three Ghanaians: Robert Gakpetoe, the captain of the vessel; Quarshie Kofi Eric and Hanson Jacob. Others are two Nigerians, Wilfred R Fianu and Raphael Agidi and eleven Indians: Mohammad Towavalam, Soni Kumar, Parveen, Heeray Yodam, Pradeep Kumar Sharma, Ajay Kumar, Ankit Rana, Manoj Kumar P, Puran Chand Yadan, Jogesh Chand Yadan, and Joyfull D Rongmei.
Senior Detective Superintendent Chinedu Ogbu received the suspects and the vessel on behalf of the commission for further investigation and prosecution.