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Alleged oil bunkering: EFCC investigates 58 suspects, vessels

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, said it was investigating 58 suspects, vessels and others over alleged illegal oil bunkering.

The commission said the investigation followed the arrest and handover of the suspects by the Nigerian Navy.

Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who made the disclosure in a statement Friday, said the arresting authority had alleged that the suspected oil thieves were on board the vessels at different locations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, when they were intercepted by the Navy.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office, has commenced investigation of 58 suspected oil thieves;  four vessels, one barge and  two wooden boats allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering.

“The suspects and vessels were handed over to the EFCC by  the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder for further investigation and possible prosecution,” Uwujaren said.