Monday, 26th September 2022
<To guardian.ng
Search
Breaking News:

NSCDC arrests eight suspects for illegal dealing in petroleum products

By Ayoyinka Jegede, Uyo
25 July 2022   |   4:16 am
The Anti-vandal squad of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom State, have arrested eight suspects for criminal conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

NSCDC

• Intercepts 315,000 litres of adulterated, illegal diesel

The Anti-vandal squad of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom State, have arrested eight suspects for criminal conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

  
The corps also impounded seven trucks conveying a combined capacity of about 315,000 litres of suspected adulterated and illegal Automated Gas oil (AGO) popularly known as diesel.
   
The petroleum tankers and the drivers were apprehended along Calabar-Itu highway by operatives, who noticed discrepancies in the waybills presented by the drivers of the trucks.
 
The seven trucks, carrying about 45,000 litres of AGO each, were all loaded from Rivers State and headed for Adamawa, Kano and Nassarawa states according to the waybills provided.
  
The state’s new commandant of NSCDC Chief Commander (C.C) Suleiman Ibrahim Mafara, who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday,  said investigation and close scrutiny of the waybills showed that they were falsified, giving credence to the fact that the petroleum products were illegally acquired.
 
Mafara said the suspects were arrested based on intelligence and surveillance by operatives of the anti-vandals unit of the command on July 7, along the Calabar-Itu highway, barely 24 hours after his assumption of duty in the state. He assured that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
 
While stressing that the activities of vandals and criminals were economic sabotage, he assured that the Command would not relent on its mandate of protecting government critical assets and infrastructure from vandalism.
 
He warned that the corps will leave no stone unturned in carrying out its mandatesof protecting critical infrastructures, fighting criminals who engage in stealing, buying, selling, transporting and illegal bunkering of petroleum products.
 
Mafara had earlier given a marching order to tactical and location commanders to clamp down on all acts of economic sabotage within the oil and gas industry in the state.