Chris Steven, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned eight suspected oil bunkerers before Justice H.I. Oshoma of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a 2-count charge, bordering on conspiracy and dealing in petroleum products without a licence.
The suspects, Christian Nwankoafor (Captain), Solomon Avwenaghagha, Egwiniwin Felix, Anthony Onyenedum, Bassey Akpan, Ezra Njoku, Moses Jonah and Imeh Michael were arraigned with their vessel; MT Rockfish.
They were arrested by the Nigerian Navy Pathfinder, around Jonny River, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 24 and April 20, 2017 for suspected illegal bunkering activities and were subsequently handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.
They pleaded not guilty to all the count charges preferred against them. Their bail applications shall be decided tomorrow, August 2