Commission establishes chemical laboratory to combat illegal oil bunkering in Niger Delta

*The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded plans to set up an integrated chemical laboratory in Port Harcourt, Rivers State of Nigeria, to combat illegal oil bunkering in the region

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In ensuring adequate product analysis in the investigation of illegal bunkering cases in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has concluded plans to establish a fully-integrated chemical laboratory in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, towards combatting illegal oil bunkering in the zone.

Aliyu Naibi, Port Harcourt Zonal Head of the Commission, stated this Tuesday, April 27 while hosting the executives of the Petroleum Products Retail Outlet Owners Association of Nigeria, System 2E Eastern zone, who paid him a courtesy visit.

Security operatives move against illegal oil bunkering activities in N’Delta region

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Spokesman in a statement titled, ‘EFCC floats chemical laboratory’, said the issue of illegal oil bunkering was rampant in the Niger Delta region.

The Spokesman noted that hitherto, the EFCC has been relying on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for product analysis in the investigation of such cases.

According to Uwujaren, to reduce the time of waiting for product analysis and improve on the investigation of cases of illegal oil bunkering, the anti-graft agency is setting up a chemical laboratory to that effect.

The statement said: “I want to use this opportunity to inform you of the establishment of a Laboratory in the Port Harcourt Zone.

“With the Laboratory in place, the waiting time for report of product analysis will be reduced and the investigation of cases of illegal oil bunkering will gain more speed.”

The Spokesmen, explaining the efforts of the EFCC at boosting the economy, stressed the “EFCC is working tirelessly to provide enabling environment for businesses.”

“We are committed to support the genuine business aspiration of every Nigerian,’’ he stated

Prince Sunny Nkpe, PERTOAN’s Zonal Chairman, earlier in his remark expressed delight with the EFCC in its synergy and support for his association, “especially the intervention of the commission in ensuring that our members illegally arrested by the Joint Task Force were released.”

Nkpe said that PETROAN was concerned about illegal refining, bunkering and adulteration of petroleum products in Rivers State, and had taken practical steps to ensure quality control of products.

He noted: “If there are issues of product adulteration, we will trace such a product to where it was loaded.

“Movements of trucks and drivers are now being tackled through our Quality Control Unit.”

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