Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty seven (27) individuals in connection with suspicious illegal oil bunkering.
They were arrested at Ahoada Local Government Area, Rivers State.
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.
They were arrested in a random raid conducted by the EFCC, based on verified intelligence on their alleged illegal oil bunkering activities.
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.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Recall that the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Chukwuma Samuel Kaniku and Muhammad Abdullahi before Justice S. I. Mark of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of N10,700,000 (Ten Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira only).
One of the count charges read: “That you Chukwuma Samuel Kaniku and Muhammad Abdullahi between the month of April to July, 2018 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Ten Million, Seven Hundred Naira (N10,700.000.00) only from one Aliyu Baba Muhammad into Account Number: 0059009063 domiciled in Access Bank Plc operated by you under the false pretence that the said sum was payment for the supply of 9 Trucks of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
They, however, pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against them.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, N. A. Dodo prayed the court to fix a date for commencement of trial.