Saturday, June 8, 2019 8:44 pm
The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office, has commenced investigations into the activities of 29 suspected oil thieves alleged to be involved in illegal oil bunkering.
The suspects are Dickson Friday, Ibe Emeka, Saviour Friday, Akuro Clinton, Abraham Azuwa, Stephen Daniel, Sunday Abedingo, Samuel Smubai, Anazodo Emmanuel Ejike, Daminabo Apiah, Benneth Sobere, Emmanuel Gala, Ephraim Utono, Michael Jeremiah, Ibitimmy Azan, Rufus Animi, Atubi Precious.
Others are Ojuboworima Ebenezer, Bobo Banigo, Habibu Mohammed, Yobo Okwata, Tammy Ibibo, John Tamumodiepiriye, Jack Joel, Ubiakamre Lucky, Nisidibe Adolfus, Victor Francis, Omotola Timothy and Okojie Charles Ehis.
The suspects were handed over to the anti graft agency on Friday, June 7, 2019, alongside four vessels comprising one barge and three wooden boats.
They were handed over by Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS JUBILEE, in Ikot- Abasi, Akwa Ibom State.
The EFCC on its official Facebook page, listed items handed over to it to include a truck laden with products suspected to be illegally refined and 306 drums laden with products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil, (AGO).
According to the Naval Handing over Officer, Lt. J. Mohammed, the suspects were arrested between May 3, 2019 and May 6, 2019 at different locations.
While some of the arrests were made on waterways, others were made on land.
Lt. Mohammed said a segment of the Nigerian Navy Team arrested 22 out of the 29 suspects around Bolo Creek near Onne, Rivers State on May 3, 2019.
They were arrested with four vessels laden with indeterminate quantity of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.
Three of the suspects were arrested along Hospital Road, Ikot- Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State and the remaining four suspects were crew of a Tugboat: MV LADY ESTHER, arrested in the course of towing a confiscated barge in Onne, Rivers State.
Principal Detective, Superintendent Olayinka Macaulay, who received the suspects and vessels on behalf of the EFCC, assured the Naval Handing over Officer and his team of diligent investigation and possible prosecution of the suspects as soon as investigations are concluded.