9 illegal oil bunkerers arrested in Delta State (Photos)

9 illegal oil bunkerers have been arrested by naval officers in Delta State, and reportedly handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, by the Nigerian Navy, NNS Delta.

9 illegal oil bunkerers arrested in Delta State (Photos) lailasnews

It was gathered that oil bunkerers were handed over to the anti-graft agency, by Commodore I. A. Dewu, Commander NNS Delta. Here are photos below;

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Few years ago, fourteen foreign nationals were arraigned before a federal high court in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly engaging in oil bunkering in Nigeria. According to the EFCC lawyer, they illegally dealt in 1,738.087 metric tons of petroleum product; 1,500 metric tons of automotive gas oil aboard MT Anukret Emerald’s cargo tank and 3,035 metric tons of low pour fuel oil, LPFO, aboard the same cargo on March 27, Vanguard reports.

The names of the men who are from Russia, Ukraine, Japan and the United Kingdom were given as; Artur Pakhladzhian, Sergo Abbgarian, Vasily Shkundich, Vitaliy Bilours, Hlarion Regipor, Laguta Oleksiy, Cadavis Gerarado, Kretov Andry, Badurian Benjamin, Chepikov Olksan, Naranjo Antero, Patro Christian, Alcayde Joel and Caratiquit Beyan. They however, pleaded not guilty after their charges were read to them and their lawyer paryed the court to grant them bail on the ground of self-recognition and on liberal terms.

In his ruling, Justice Ibrahim Buba granted the accused bail in the sum of N50 million each, with one surety in like sum, while the surety must be a resident of Lagos. The court also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison, pending compliance with the bail conditions while the case was adjourned to June 17, 18 and 19 for trial. Illegal oil bunkering is one of the perennial problems of Nigeria. In recent years, this crime has grown in leaps and bounds because not much effort has put in by successive administrations to address the problem.

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