By Mitchelle Uzorka
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, r Rivers State Command, has reportedly arrested 14 suspects for illegal dealings in petroleum products.
In a statement by the spokesperson for the command, Deputy Superintendent Cadre (DSC), Olufemi Ayodele, stated that the arrests were made following a marching order given by the State Commandant, Abu Tambuwal, who on his assumption of duty warned that the war against illegal bunkering in the state is non-negotiable.
He said: “The first suspect was arrested at Ada George Obio/Akpor Local Council with an 18,000 litres capacity white Man diesel truck marked Rivers MHA 435 XZ, but a part of the content had been discharged before being apprehended by our operatives.
“The second suspect was arrested at Abua Junction, Ahoada East Local Council with a truck NGL 141 XA in conveyance of 45,000 litres of suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), popularly called diesel; from his confessional statement, the truck was loaded at a dump in Ekporoho community in Ahoada East Local Council of Rivers State.
“ Another truck marked KAD MKA 701 ZF, conveying 40,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO was also impounded along airport road.
Four suspects were also arrested along a truck with number plate Ebonyi ZLL A3 XY carrying products used for construction of illegal refineries.”
He added that the command will continue to collaborate with relevant sister agencies to fight criminality in the state.