JUST IN: NSCDC Arrests 4 Suspected Oil Thieves, Illegal Miners In Akwa Ibom

NSCDC Arrests 4 Suspected Oil Thieves, Illegal Miners In Akwa Ibom

NSCDC Arrests 4 Suspected Oil Thieves, Illegal Miners In Akwa Ibom

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Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have busted a syndicate of oil thieves and illegal miners and apprehended four suspects including two oil thieves and two illegal miners.

The State's NSCDC Commandant, Mr Eluyemi Eluwade, who addressed journalists in Exhibits' Yard of the Command in , on Thursday, said 4,500 litres of adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) popularly known as diesel, were seized from the oil thieves.

Eluwade said that the adulterated AGO stored in cellophane bags were concealed with palm kernel shells to beat security checks.

The Commandant also disclosed that two suspects were on Wednesday, March 20, over their involvement in illegal mining and other unwholesome practices in the sector.

He said: “On March 17, operatives of the Anti-Vandal Squad (AVS) along Calabar-Itu highway, apprehended two suspects conveying 100 cellophane bags of suspected adulterated AGO. The product was being conveyed in an open bucket articulated vehicle with Registration Number, FGE 680 ZS.”

On March 19, the NSCDC Commandant said another open bucket articulated vehicle with registration number, BB 825 XX loaded with no fewer than 80 cellophane bags of AGO was impounded, and the suspect arrested.

He further said that the recent breakthrough was as a of the Command's commitment to crack down on oil thieves and other illegal activities in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

”We have intensified operations against vandals in all parts of the state,” he assured, even as he condemned the negative impacts of adulterated and substandard petroleum products on vehicles, and restated the Command's readiness to sustain its onslaught against the perpetrators.

He vowed that the suspects would be arraigned in as soon as investigations were concluded in order to serve as deterrent to others.

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