Ogun NSCDC officials arrest two over 33,000-litre petrol
Akibu and Abubakar with their fully loaded tanker
Two suspects, Oni Akibu (53) and Danjuma Abubakar (27), have been arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ogun State over illegal dealing in petroleum product.
Akibu, a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State and Abubakar, who is from Bida, Niger State, were apprehended around Oke Idofa, along Ilara, Imeko, Ogun State with a 33,000-capacity tanker fully loaded with petrol.
According to the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kareem Olanrewaju, the suspects aroused the suspicion of the officials when the documents they presented did not support their claim that the fuel was loaded at a depot at Apapa, Lagos.
â€œThe driver claimed the fuel was loaded from Capital Oil in Apapa, Lagos, but there was nothing on the document showing this. Aside this, the document indicated three different locations. There are several contradictions in the dates and signature. All these make the whole transactions look dubious and the genuineness of the source doubtful,â€ Olanrewaju said.
It is unclear whether the fuel was stolen but the Ogun State Corps Commandant, Aboluwoye Akinwande, has ordered a full scale investigation into the source of the fuel.
Meanwhile, the anti-vandalism team of the corps also impounded two vehicles containing petroleum products in Abeokuta the state capital on Thursday arrest.
The Corps Commandant,Aboluwoye Akinwande, has directed the samples of the contents be taken and sent to laboratory for authentication test and as well mandated a thorough investigation.
Akinwande has directed that samples of the contents of the tanker be taken and sent to a laboratory for authentication.
He has ordered the release of the suspects after preliminary investigation. The NSCDC spokesperson said the case would be charged to court except if investigation proves otherwise.
Olanrewaju said, â€œThe corps commandant recently decided to go all out against vandals when he ordered random check on trucks carrying petroleum product. He also directed that officials to carry out raids on their hideouts, and any place suspected that vandals are using for storage of petroleum products.
The new approach is in line with the new guideline by the Commandant-General, Muhammadu Abdulahi, on anti-vandalism, which is aimed at frustrating oil thieves and making their operations more difficult for them.â€
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