Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suspected oil bunkerers for dealing in petroleum products without requisite licence.
According to the Commission, the suspects Ubong Samson Archubong, Iminabo Williams, Ndah Philip Ntia, Egbocha Kennedy and Francis Innocent, were arrested on Monday, April 26, 2022 in an uncompleted, one-storey building in Eastern bypass, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where they were allegedly operating a private jetty, with two vessels christened, Fol Courage and Samriyahkingstown, anchored at the jetty.
Verified intelligence available to the EFCC showed that the suspects were illegally refining petroleum products on the premises where they were arrested and loading the same into trucks and small vehicles that patronised them as major customers.
The jetty is allegedly owned by a traditional ruler.
Other items recovered from the suspects included a Toyota car, 203 jerry cans of 25 litres capacity each, 10 drums of 250 litres capacity each, one sieve, 11 pumping machines and hose, four containers, two lines of building with many offices in the jetty, a storage tank of about 60,000 litres capacity, one rescue fiver boat and 10 Geepee tanks.