The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command in Rivers State has arrested five suspects for oil bunkering.
The EFCC’s head of Media and Publicity Mr Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said; “They were arrested in an uncompleted, one-storey building in Eastern bypass, Port Harcourt, Rivers State Southern Nigeria, where they are allegedly operating a private jetty, with two vessels christened, Fol Courage and Samriyahkingstown, anchored at the jetty.
“The suspects are: Ubong Samson Archubong, Iminabo Williams, Ndah Philip Ntia, Egbocha Kennedy and Francis Innocent.”
Verified intelligence available to the EFCC showed that; “The suspects were illegally refining petroleum products from the premises where they were arrested and loading the same into trucks and small vehicles that patronize them as major customers. The jetty is allegedly owned by a traditional ruler.”
Other items recovered from the suspects include “A Toyota car, 203 jerry cans of 25 litres capacity each, 10 drums of 250 litres capacity each, one sieve, 11 pumping machines and hose, four containers, two lines of building with many offices in the jetty, a storage tank of about 60,000 litres capacity, one rescue fiver boat and 10 Geepee tanks.”
According to the EFCC, the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.