No fewer than twenty-seven youths have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly engaging in illegal oil bunkering in Rivers State.
The anti-graft agency said that the suspects were arrested at Ahoada Local Government Area of the state during a random raid following verified intelligence on their alleged illegal oil bunkering activities.
The EFCC listed the suspects to include 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.
The anti-crime agency noted that during the course of the arrest, large quantities of products suspected to be illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) were found with them.
It stated that twenty jerry cans and 25 litres of the products, stored in drums and tanks, ready for onward transportation to various locations, were intercepted, adding that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.