Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command, have arrested 12 suspected oil thieves and also impounded four tankers laden with petroleum product.
The suspects were arrested in Eleme, Okrika and Port Harcourt while they were trying to transport petroleum product suspected to be automated gas oil (AGO).
State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Mohammed Haruna, told newsmen that one Nasiru Abubakar and Abdullahi Isa were among the 12 suspects apprehended by his men.
Haruna, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, explained that the two suspects were nabbed at an illegal dump site, where they were loading adulterated AGO.
According to him, “On Monday, March 13, 2017, at about 0200 hours, the two suspects were arrested at an illegal dump, loading products suspected to be adulterated AGO into a 33,000-litre truck in Okrika, Okrika LGA of Rivers State.
“Consequently, on Saturday, March 18, 2017, three suspects and a truck with Registration Number NBB 674 XA, carrying 36,000 litres of AGO were equally arrested at Abang Junction, also in Okrika LGA of Rivers State.
“At about 2100 hours, same date, a mini-bus carrying nine drums of adulterated AGO with Registration Number XA 416 EHM was equally arrested. While on patrol the same date, along Eleme Junction in Eleme LGA, two other suspects with a Toyota Camry were equally apprehended while conveying about 41 suspected bags of AGO.”
Haruna stated that the suspects, who were arrested along Eleme Junction, confessed during interrogation that the adulterated products were lifted from an illegal dump in Borokiri, Port Harcourt.
The State NSCDC commandant further disclosed that two trucks laden with 45,000 litres of illegally refined AGO each were intercepted by the Anti-Vandal Team of the corps.
Explaining that the suspects confessed that the product was lifted from Sigmore Depot at Abonima Wharf in Port Harcourt, Haruna disclosed that one USA-made pump action with six cartridges were among items recovered from them.
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