NSCDC Vows To Smoke Out Oil Thieves In Rivers

…arrest five suspects, impounds 24,000 litres of AGO, vehicles

The Rivers State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Commandant Michael Besong Ogar has vowed to rid the nation’s economy from oil pipelines vandals and illegal oil bunkers.

Affirming that there is no room for illegal oil bunkering activities in Rivers State as perpetrators would be smoked out of their hideouts, he added that the reconstitution of a new Anti-vandal Team has brought remarkable successes in the relentless war against vandalism of oil pipelines and illegal dealings in petroleum products.

He noted that through massive arrests and subsequent prosecution of cases in the court of competent jurisdiction, was a testimony that their strategy against vandals and other oil thieves is yielding result.

While parading five suspects arrested by the operatives, disclosed that four vehicles and Two Trucks were arrested and impounded.

The suspects was paraded before newsmen at the NSCDC State Headquarters in Port Harcourt. He noted that the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi has promised that in a short while there would be a drastic reduction and possible eradication of illegal dealings in petroleum products across the nation as the Corps newly constituted Marine and Land operatives are now taking the Anti-vandalism war to the enemies Camp thereby reducing oil theft which is one of the major reason for huge loss of revenue in the Country.

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In his words “Our major task is to clamp down on the conspiracy theory and massively arrest oil pipelines Vandals and sponsors as we take the Anti-vandalism war to the enemies’ domain; the Nation is loosing millions of dollars per barrel due to the increase in Pipelines vandalism and illegal dealings in petroleum products but I can assure you that this menace would be a thing of the past because we are fully committed to the mandate of the Corps’ in Safeguarding all Critical National Assets and Infrastructures”

“Barely few days after arresting and parading 19 suspects here; based on credible Intelligence the Antivandal land Patrol team has also arrested five suspects for illegal dealings in petroleum products.

“The suspects are charged for contravening the Anti-sabotage Act, the Petroleum Act and the Miscellaneous offences act 2004, laws of the Federation. They are: Ifegbu Uche, 42, Obinna Ogbonna, 42, Emmanuel Smart, 19, Lawrence Gibson, 35, and Emeka Desmond, 35.

In a statement by DSC Olufemi Ayodele on Friday, spokesperson of the command, said the suspects were arrested while conveying a total estimate of 24,000 litres of locally/illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) loaded in cellophane, concealed in Sack bags and carefully packed in an Ash Colour Toyota Sequoia V8 Jeep- ABUJA GWA 386 GVA, a Light Colour Volkswagen Bus with Registration Number: LAGOS APP 831 XX which was intercepted at Abuloma community in Port Harcourt, a short white Truck DA 1700 Truck with number plate KADUNA XE 653 KA impounded at Abonnema Wharf, and a white Ford E- 250 intercepted at Etche/Okehi road in Etche Local Government Area respectfully.

“We also intercepted and impounded another short white Mercedes Tank-Truck with unquantified litres of illegaly refined AGO along Ozuoba-Rumuigbo axis in Obio/Akpor LGA, Port Harcourt Rivers State”.

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