Ex-CDS Petinrin, Others Summoned Over Non-prosecution Of Oil Thieves

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The House of Representatives committee on public petitions has summoned a former chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin an the Joint Task Force Commander, Suleiman Apochi to appear before it on Tuesday.
Petinrin and Apochi were invited to explain their involvement in the continued seizure of a dumb barge used for oil bunkering in 2009.
Also to appear alongside the two is Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to explain why suspects who used the barge for illegal bunkering were not prosecuted.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Nkem Abonta, who issued the summons said the committee was out to unravel reason behind the non-prosecution of bunkers and continued detention of the stolen barge.
He noted that all parties involved must appear before the committee in person. The dumb barge was stolen from Geospan Marine Services in October 2009 and used for the illegal activities, until it was apprehended in November of the same year from the hoodlums by the JTF.
Former director of legal services at the Defence Headquarters, Air Cdre I. Shafi’i, who appeared before the committee explained that the JTF at the time handed the hoodlums over to the EFCC for prosecution, but the commission frustrated the matter.
“The hoodlums were apprehended and handed over to the EFCC, but they released them without prosecution for want of evidence. EFCC frustrated many of our investigations and we don’t have the power to prosecute”, he said.
Shafi’i stated further that the Defence Headquarters had in a letter in 2011, which he signed on behalf of the then chief of defence staff, approved the release of the property, but the order was retracted for an undisclosed reason.

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