Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Port Harcourt Zonal Command, said they have arrested 27 suspects for illegal oil bunkering.
Head of the Media and Publicity unit of EDCC , Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects were arrested at the weekend in Ahoada Local Government Area, Rivers State.
According to the statement, those arrested 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.
According tothe statement, the suspects were arrested during a random raid conducted by the EFCC following 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 (AGO) were found with them.
“Twenty (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 the investigation is concluded,” the statement reads.