EFCC arrests 27 in Port Harcourt over oil theft
27 suspected illegal oil thieves have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Port Harcourt.
This was disclosed by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s spokesman, who in a statement on Tuesday said that the suspects were arrested during a raid on their hideout in Ahoada.
“The 27 individuals were arrested on Sept. 10 at Ahoada Local Government Area, Rivers in connection with suspicious illegal oil bunkering.
“They were arrested in a random raid by EFCC operatives acting on verified intelligence on the suspects’ alleged oil bunkering activities,” he said.
Uwujaren said that the operatives seized large quantities of petroleum products suspected to be adulterated diesel during the raid.
“Also intercepted were 20 jerry cans as well as 25 litres of petroleum products that were stored in drums and tanks.
“The petroleum products were about to be transported to various locations before the seizure,” he added.
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 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.