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EFCC arrests 120 oil thieves in Rivers

120 persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering in Rivers state.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives, in a joint operation with the Nigerian Army carried out the raid.

The anti-graft agency announced the development in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Saturday during a joint operation with troops of 6 division garrison of the Nigerian Army at Ndoni, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

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“Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command, have arrested one hundred and twenty suspects for alleged illegal oil bunkering in a joint operation with personnel of the 6 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt,” the statement reads.

“They were arrested on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Ndoni, Rivers State where suspected illegally refined stolen petroleum products are off-loaded into vehicles at the waterfronts for distribution within and outside Rivers State.

“The arrest of the suspects was made possible by intelligence on the alleged illegal oil bunkering activities in the locality.

“In the course of the arrest, 8 vehicles and pumping machines were recovered.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.”

The development comes days after the EFCC arrested 47 suspected internet fraudsters in Rivers, and recovered cars, phones, laptop computers, wristwatches.

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