The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,NSCDC, has discovered an illegal oil refinery site used by hooligans to refine Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, also known as diesel, in Lagos.
19 suspected members of the crew among was a female was arrested at the scene.
According to the reports, eighty-one vans used to carry the products to different parts of the South West region were recovered, including nine buses.
Moreover, 140 drums containing illegally refined AGO, 15 power generating sets, 12 pumping machines, 25 surface tanks, and N4 million cash kept in one of the syndicate’s cars, were discovered.
A spokesperson for the NSCDC, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASCI Abolurin Olumide, the Commandant General Special Intelligence Squad stormed Etal Avenue, off Kudirat, Abiola way, Oregun in Ikeja area of Lagos State, at about 12.18 am on Monday, May 30, following intelligence report on the illegal oil storage site.
He said, “The Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad, inaugurated towards the end of the year 2021, at the NSCDC national headquarters in Abuja, is also one of the multi–dimensional approaches being deployed by the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, to squash the desecrating activities of oil pipeline vandals and the asymmetric war the nation is faced with today,”
“Recently, he reiterated his vow to stamp out oil pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering, illegal dealings in petroleum products, illegal mining of solid and natural minerals, and other disheartening forms of economic sabotage, being perpetrated by criminal elements, in our dear nation.
Upon bursting the illegal oil site, it was discovered that petroleum products were being illegally stored and refined.
“The Squad was immediately re-enforced by the Anti-vandal team of the Lagos State Command, on the swift orders of the Commandant, Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Okoro, who directed that the arrested suspects be brought for adequate interrogation and investigation, in the Intelligence and Investigation, INT Department, at the State Command Headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, before further legal action will be taken on the matter
“The Anti-vandal unit of the Lagos State Commas was also directed by the Commandant, to take full charge of the illegal oil site immediately, so as to forestall any further untoward activity by these economic saboteurs of our collective commonwealth”, he added.
While reiterating alt=’19 suspects arrested as NSCDC busts illegal oil storage site in Lagos ‘ class=’img-responsive text center style=’margin: auto;’ Okoro’s commitment to the vision and mission of the Commandant General, the former, according to him, warned oil thieves in the state to desist from inimical act capable of sabotaging the nation’s economy “with the disturbing untoward experiences it could bring upon the ordinary citizens of our nation.”
Olumide warn that the failure of unrepentant hoodlums and oil thieves to desist from the act will be meted with stiffer actions from the Command.
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