The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta yesterday handed over four suspected crude oil bunkerers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The suspects were handed over in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by the Commanding Officer of NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom, Commodore Moses Lekwot.
Lekwot told reporters that the suspects were arrested separately in Ikot Abasi with 43 drums of illegally refined diesel, eight drums of illegally refined diesel and 50 litres of illegally refined diesel, one car, a motorcycle, N48,000 and two mobile telephones. He reiterated the Navy’s resolve to curtail the activities of criminals involved in pipeline vandalism. Lekwot said: “We operate in the water fronts and in the back waters too.
“We carry out sea patrols and sometimes, we carryout foot patrols in the back waters because sometimes, these criminals out-smart us at sea. “ But by the time they get to the land, they will meet some of our men on foot patrols waiting in the water fronts for them. “And these are the kind of arrests we make because we intercept them by the water front when they are coming out with whatever they have gone out to the sea to do.’’
Receiving the suspects, EFCC’s Head of Operations Hyacinth Edozie said the commission would carry out further investigations. “Our detectives will travel to the scene of crime, take samples, do analysis with the Department of Pteroleum Resources (DPR) and once that is done, we compile our case file, he assured.’’ Edozie said the final investigation report would be submitted to the commission’s legal department for necessary action.
In another development, a Warri Magistrate’s Court has remanded Isaac Ademola Longe in custody till May 23 over an alleged N13 million fraud. The accused claimed to be a veterinary doctor. Magistrate E.A. Odjugo ordered the Commissioner of Police to accommodate any means of communication the accused may need. Longe, who was arraigned on a two-count charge, was accused of defrauding Jephtah Ika Okoro of N13million.
The accused, with other accomplices, allegedly told Okoro that he has a sand dredging contract of 10 million cubic with Julius Berger Company Nigeria Limited. Longe reportedly collected the money but never delivered the goods. The said business name under which he operated is Covenant Child Multilinks Company Limited with offices at 43 Awolowo Avenue Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State and 22, Eboh Road, Warri, Delta State.
A forged Niger Delta Devlopment Commission (NDDC) 16km road contract award was e-mailed to J. Innovations, a company owned by Okoro by Oyibocha Ovie Richard, one of the suspects at large.