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Sri Lanka appeals to get seven arrested in Nigeria

24 February 2020 03:24 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Sri Lankan High Commission in Abuja has appealed to the Nigerian authorities for the early release and repatriation of the seven Sri Lankan crew members who were arrested on charges of transporting illegal petroleum products.

In a statement, the High Commission said the Sri Lankan crew members had informed the Mission that they were not aware that the petroleum products they were transporting were illegal.  

The Nigerian Navy intercepted the foreign vessel MT Zeebrugge in Nigerian waters while transporting 838 metric tons of crude oil on December 12, 2019 along with the seven Sri Lankan crew members on board.

Currently, the Sri Lankan crew members are detained at the Nigerian Naval Service, Beecroft Naval Base in Lagos State of Nigeria.  

The Nigerian Navy has handed over the case to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria for investigation and prosecution .

The High Commission officials visited the Sri Lankan crew members on February 20, 2020 at the Beecroft Naval Base.  

After the High Commission made the appeal, the EFCC officials had informed that the case is being reviewed by the legal section of the EFCC and the crew members would be released if they are found to be innocent.  

The vessel owner and the shipping agent have not arranged proper legal assistance for the crew members till date, the High Commission said.

In the recent past, Nigeria has arrested several Nigerians and foreigners for alleged oil smuggling. 

  Comments - 4

  • David Bibbyloye Monday, 24 February 2020 06:18 PM

    They've been doing it for so long, unroll now they got caught up, these illegal oil trafficking has jeopardized the country's economy, the law catches them, it is time for them to pay the price of high crime.

    Odin Monday, 24 February 2020 07:47 PM

    How about releasing Duminda and Wele Suda here at home?

    Andrew Silva Tuesday, 25 February 2020 05:38 AM

    They can not get rid of bad and corrupt habits instilled to them by various persons ( I am sure you know who these people are.) in Sri Lanka.

    Usman Ahmed Siddiqui Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:11 PM

    Srilankan r very nice people plz release them i will b gratuful to u

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