The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Rivers State has seized five trucks for carrying illegally refined petroleum products.
One suspect was also arrested for stealing oil and selling it illegally, among other things.
Michael Ogar, the NSCDC State Commandant in Rivers, told reporters in his office in Port Harcourt that three of the five trucks were seized by a Joint Task Force for transporting 142,000 liters of petroleum products without the proper licenses and other paperwork. The Command’s Antivandal Team held the other two trucks.
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Ogar said that the Command’s Antivandal Team caught a 20-year-old man named Abubakar Suleiman on Azikiwe Road in Port Harcourt. Suleiman was driving an open-body long truck with built-in tanks used to transport illegally refined petroleum products.
Ogar said the suspect put oil in hidden tanks on the truck and covered it with animal feed to keep the security guards from noticing. But the guards had sharp eyes, so the truck was taken away, and the suspect was arrested.
The head of the NSCDC also said that another long truck carrying illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) with noodles packs was stopped because of a tip.
He promised Nigerians that after a thorough investigation, the suspect would be charged in court, and the tankers and their contents would be given back to the Federal Government after a court with the right to do so had made a decision.
The head of the NSCDC said that the crackdown on illegal bunkering in Rivers has been most successful over the past three months. He also noted that the amount of soot in the state’s air had decreased significantly.
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