Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suppliers of suspected illegally-refined petroleum products to a multinational construction company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
They were arrested at the premises of the company, around Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while off-loading the suspected illegally–refined products.
The suspects are: Kelvin Ibe; Anslem Onyelosi; Kelly Omamogho, Jude Tochi and Kelvin Duru.
Reports showed that the suspects have been supplying adulterated products to the company, without being detected. However, surveillance by the EFCC led to their arrest.
The suspects were arrested alongside four (4) trucks with registration number; MBA 340 XA; XB 867 NGK, GWK 66XA and UMA 39 YW
They will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded
Last week, as part of efforts to check oil theft in the Niger Delta region, the Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, arrested 6 suspected oil thieves and a barge containing 28 compartments, filled with adulterated diesel.
Speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Aliyu Bature stated that the suspects were arrested at the Agip Jetty, Eagle Island in Obia/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
While parading the 6 suspects and the barge named MV Eucharia, the Commandant, who was represented by the Assistant Commandant and Public Relations Officer, Michael Oguntuase said they were arrested by Anti-vandal team of the command on 20th of August, following a tip-off.
Oguntuase, who read the riots act to criminals, highlights some of the effects of oil theft on the economy and its destructive effect on the ecosystem.
The NSCDC commandant warned oil thieves to repent or stay away from the state, adding that no vandal would be spared if caught.
He noted that operatives of the corps have been positioned in strategic areas to ensure that those who specialised in vandalizing oil facilities are arrested and brought to justice.