The Nigerian Navy in Warri, Delta State, handed over twenty two suspects and two vessels arrested over alleged unwholesome oil deals to officials of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Addressing newsmen during the hand-over, the Commander of the Force in Delta State, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu said that the items and the crew were apprehended offshore in Escravos River.
Also handed over to the anti-graft agency, was a wooden boat containing 240, 000 litres of product suspected to be illegally-refined diesel.
He explained that the suspects commenced the transfer of the illegally acquired product into the vessels.
Dewu said that the Navy was committed to protecting the maritime domain of the country and warned those engaged in illicit businesses to desist and seek better means of livelihood.
Receiving the suspects and the items, Principal Detective Superintendent in Benin Zonal office of EFCC, Richard Ogberaga said that investigation had already commenced on the issue.