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Civil Defence parades 10 for illegal oil deals in Rivers

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The Rivers State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 10 persons for allegedly dealing in illegal petroleum products.

The Guardian gathered that the anti-vandal team of the command, following a tip-off, also impounded 24 drums of adulterated kerosene abandoned by unknown persons at Ikokwu, Mile 1, Diobu, in Port Harcourt City Council.

The corps’ state commandant, Muktar Lawal, who made the disclosure yesterday while parading the suspects in Port Harcourt, noted that the accused were apprehended in different locations.

He said some of the persons were nabbed with the commodities in cellophane sacks concealed in salt bags, adding that investigations were ongoing to arrest others currently at large.

His words: “The anti-vandal team, on July 24,2020, arrested four suspects around Nembe Waterside, Port Harcourt, in a Foton truck with registration number, LND 500 XZ, loaded with unquantified litres of suspected crude oil

“Also the team, on July 26, 2020, arrested four suspects and a truck with registration number, AJG 258 XA, along Akpajo by Petrochemical Roundabout, Port Harcourt. The truck was loaded with suspected adulterated AGO stacked in cellophane bags and covered with bags of salt.”

“On July 27, 2020,the command arrested two suspects around Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt, in an open body truck with registration number, BWR 552 XA, loaded with unquantified litres of suspected kerosene,” he added.

The commandant stated that the suspects would be charged to court, while efforts were on to arrest the fleeing ones.

He warned those involved in illegal oil deals and other criminal activities across the state to stop forthwith.

The NSCDC boss urged the residents to be law-abiding and report strange movements in and around their localities for prompt action.

Lawal pointed out that his officers had been stationed at all recreation centres statewide to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

However, the suspects have confessed to the crime. One of them, Umar Awal, who was allegedly conveying adulterated kerosene concealed in a truck loaded with fertiliser from Port Harcourt to Jos, said: “I wanted to take the kerosene to my state because of the Sallah so I can share with my family. It is my first time of doing that.”

Also, Adamu Mohammed, who was transporting crude oil hidden in truck stacked with bags of salt to Gombe State stated: “I was arrested at Oyigbo because my boss told me that we will carry something at Eleme junction while going. I stopped and carried the bags. While driving down, they arrested me.”


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