Eighteen (18) suspected illegal oil bunkerers are currently cooling their heels in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after they were arrested by operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the commission.
The suspects were arrested on Monday in a location within the new Government Reservation Area, G.R.A, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Head, Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, gave the names of the suspects as Thompson George; Asu Tommy; John Joseph; Imoh Anthonia; Adegbejire Michael; Mayei Godpower; Demian Israel Kelechi, Banyo Fred and Atuaka Chispm.
Others, according to him, are: Elliot Diamond; Simeon Blessing; Umukoro Victor; Horsefall Reuben; Munku Jonah Munga; Nweke John; Amos Daniel, Chikwe Chinedu and Gloria Horsfall.
He said they were arrested alongside three vehicles comprising a Truck with registration number Lagos AAA 995 XH, Toyota Avalon car with registration number Rivers SKP 327 AW and Nissan Murano Jeep with registration number Rivers PHC 434 AE.
The truck, he further revealed, was loaded with products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) packed in 9 (nine) Geepee tanks of 3,000 litres capacity each and three big drums filled with the same product. Also, the Avalon car conveyed product suspected to be illegally refined AGO in cellophane bags.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.