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EFCC Grills Asari, 24 Others Over Oil Bunkering In Port Harcourt

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The Nigerian Navy has handed over twenty- five suspected oil thieves to the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Naija News reports that the suspects are being questions over their alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering.

It was gathered that the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Bonny Island, Rivers State, handed over the suspects alongside two Vessels: MT Bright Hope and MV Johanna II on Wednesday.

This was made known in a statement by the anti-graft agency spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

He disclosed that 12 of the suspects were arrested on board MV Johanna II on July 14, 2021 around IMA Oil Terminal, Bonny Island, while the remaining 13 suspects were arrested on board MT Bright Hope on September 10 offshore Bonny Island.

MV was flying a Togolese flag and one of the suspects arrested with the vessel is a Ghanaian.

Some of the suspects are captains of the two vessels, Kenneth Ekpo and Moses Baron.

Others are Lucky Onome, Edmund Asari Joseph, Asuquo Okon, Itoro Effiong, Sunday Obonla, Melcm Agobiam, Imoh Timothy, Godfriend Bartheolomew, Promise Emmanuel and Patrick Oliseneku.

Captain R. T. Oladejo while handing over the suspects said they and the vessels were arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Gondola in an anti-bunkering operation.

According to him, MT Bright Hope was loaded with 1,371,256 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 62,431 litres of suspected illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil.

MT Johanna, on the other hand, was loaded with 394,00 litres of product suspected to be AGO.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.