The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has commenced investigation of 11 suspected oil thieves handed over to it by the Nigerian Navy.
The suspects were handed over to the EFCC on Monday by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Bonny, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after being arrested for suspected involvement in illegal oil bunkering.
In press Statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren , head of Media Publicity of EFCC, Captain B.I Yahuza, while handing over the suspects to the EFCC , for further investigation, disclosed that they were arrested by Naval operatives on September 22, 2020 for conveying 320 drums of product suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil( AGO).
The 11 suspects are Indongesit Effiong Mfon; Asuquo James; Samuel Bassey; Blessed Effiong Bassey; Victor Edet Attah; Edet Okon; Nse Jackson Okon; Innocent Effiong; Njok Okon, Uduak Asuquo and Effiong Asuquo.
A Principal Detective Superintendent of the EFCC, Ani Davis Stanley, received the suspects on behalf of the Port Harcourt Zonal Head, Abdulkarim Chukkol. He commended the synergy existing between the Navy and the EFCC and assured that thorough investigation of the case would be done.