Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested 27 persons for alleged illegal oil bunkering on Friday at Ahoada Local Government Area, Rivers State.
This was contained in a statement by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren on Monday.
According to Uwujaren, the suspects were arrested in a random raid conducted by the EFCC based on verified intelligence, of which large quantities of products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) were found with them.
Twenty jerry cans and 25 litres of the products, stored in drums and tanks, ready for onward transportation to various locations, were also intercepted in the course of the arrest.
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, 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.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.