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Nigerian Army Hands Over 5 Illegal Oil Bunkerers To EFCC

Five illegal oil bunkerers arrested by troops of the 130 Battalion of the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Port- Harcourt Barracks, Rivers State have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. 


The suspects comprising  four men and a lady are: Sokari Iminabo; Segun Olagunju; Uche Emmanuel; Obinna Ezime and Mrs Tony Patience. They were arrested at Anyako waterside in Sama Community of Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. They were intercepted with a 30-tons truck loaded with suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil, AGO. The truck was detected to have in-built  locally constructed surface tank loaded with the AGO  but the product was concealed with bags of animal feeds to mask the sight and odour of the AGO from possible detection. 

In a hand-over statement signed by Major Y.I Rena and addressed to the Zonal Office, EFCC, Port- Harcourt, the Nigerian Army said that its preliminary investigation revealed that, at the point of arrest, the driver of the truck abandoned the vehicle and fled to an unknown destination. However, five suspects trailing the movement of the truck were arrested and their offer of a bribe to release the truck declined. 

The suspects are in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court soon.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
4th May, 2016