5 Nigerians were also part of the group arrested in Rivers State

The Military Joint Task Force has arrested 21 Ghanaians and 5 Nigerians for oil bunkering, after two oil vessel used by the fraudsters were intercepted and seized on Tuesday in Rivers State.

The spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the region, Lieutenant Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the arrest of the suspected bunkerers, also disclosing that the two vessels had a capacity of 650,000 metric tonnes of oil.

However, he did not give any information on the exact quantity that the two vessels were carrying at the time they were intercepted.

“We (the JTF) arrested 21 international oil thieves and five Nigerians on board vessels MT Ani and MT Oso with 650,000 metric tonnes capacity of crude oil,” Nwachukwu said.

“The 21 non-Nigerians were Ghanaians.”

According to reports, the arrest was made after a tip-off to the Joint Task Force from a reliable source. The JTF destroyed the vessels.

Earlier in May, the Chief Executive of Shell, Peter Voser, complained of the increase in oil theft in the country, pointing out that over 150,000 barrels of oil are being stolen in the country everyday.

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