Twenty seven individuals, suspected to be involved in oil bunkering have been apprehended by operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The individuals were arrested on Friday, September 10, 2012 at Ahoada Local Government Area of Rivers State.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity for the EFCC.
According to Uwujaren, 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, he revealed 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.
Continuing, he said the suspects were picked up in a random raid conducted by the EFCC, based on verified intelligence on their alleged illegal oil bunkering activities.
The anti-graft agency image maker further gave details of the raid, “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.”
In conclusion, he noted that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Under the Nigerian constitution, all minerals, oil and gas in Nigeria belong to the federal government. Oil extraction outside the framework of an agreement with the federal government is illegal, as is the possession of crude oil by anyone not licensed to do so.
Reports says crude oil theft, also known as illegal oil bunkering, accounts for perhaps 10 percent of Nigeria’s daily production and is a highly organized operation.