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Nigerian navy troops operating in the oil rich Niger Delta region arrested 57 suspected oil thieves in its anti-oil theft operations, an officer said Friday.

They were nabbed for allegedly smuggling crude oil and illegally refining diesel, Adegoke Ebo, head of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, said in the southern city of Onne in Rivers state, while handing over the suspects and items to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday.

The suspects, including a Ukrainian, a Mexican and 55 Nigerians, were arrested between Aug. 11 and Aug. 25, on board four vessels, said Ebo.

“Some of them were caught in the act of siphoning suspected illegally refined diesel from the wooden boats and carrying out illegal ship-to-ship transfer without any approval,” he added. Enditem

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