Thursday, 28 June 2012

6.5 million barrels oil theft: Suspects name top PDP, NNPC officials

There was a shocking revelation by the suspects of the 6.5 million barrels crude oil theft that some chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party and some top NNPC officials were the actual brain behind the deal.
Dailypost has learnt that the investigators will soon commence questioning of the two officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other two marketers fingered to have played various roles in the diversion of the crude.
Dailypost investigation has revealed that about six new suspects, including four other Filipinos as well as two Russians who also took active part in the deal have been arrested. Six o crew members of the French ship, MT Vannessa,that were also used for the movement of the crude were arrested   used for  on June 21 when the vessel was impounded with the oil.
However, it was gathered that two out of the vessels were said to be owned by two PDP top members. Meanwhile, the suspects have equally mentioned some top NNPC officials and other ships that were involved in the theft.
French ship was impounded on June 21 for allegedly stealing 500,000 barrels of crude on every working day starting from June 9 till the day the suspects were arrested with the said crude.
The Director of Naval Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, had confirmed on Friday that the impounded ship had been taken to the Port Harcourt anchorage.
A member of the naval special squad which impounded a ship had confirmed on Wednesday that the Presidency had demanded for a report on the matter.
The source said, “The President is interested in the matter because of the increasing theft of crude oil.
“Anytime from now, there will be a meeting involving the Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and top security officials. This matter cannot be swept under the carpet.
“Six more suspects have been arrested and two NNPC and two oil marketers have been declared wanted now.
“We are making progress in our investigation. The suspects had named four other ships that were involved in the illegal bunkering. In fact they said two of the ships are owned by two top politicians in the country.”
He, however, claimed that no crude oil was discovered in the ship. “The various storage tanks of the vessel were sounded to confirm products on board, However, no petroleum product was found on Vannesaa.”

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