Port Harcourt — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 27 persons in connection with suspected illegal oil bunkering activities in Rivers State.
According to the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of EFCC, the suspects were arrested last Friday in Ahoada West Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects are: Mohammad Bello; Abubarkar Umar; Abdulkarim Ibrahim; Mohammad Bashimu; Bello Mohammad, Abdullahi Murtala; Paul Paparoman; Abdullahi Ibrahim; Usman Abdulahi; Illiyasu Ibrahim and Idris Dahiru.
Others are, Hussaini Yaiu; Bala Audu; Ibrahim Muhammad; Auwal Abdulsalam; Laminu Yusuf; Suleiman Abubarkar; Abdulahi Musa; Mamuda Abdulahi; Edima Samuel Gospel; Nural Abdulahi; Dauda Adamu; Adamu Ibrahim; Ali Abah; Sabiu Sani, Azumi Blaik and Keshim Ordu.
EFCC Acting Head of Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects were arrested in a random raid conducted by its operatives, based on intelligence on their alleged illegal oil bunkering activities.
“In the course of the arrest, large quantities of products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil were found with them.
“20 jerry cans and 25 litres of the products, stored in drums and tanks, ready for onward transportation to various locations, were intercepted.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”