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NSCDC Nab Three Suspects For Petroleum Products Adulteration

Following a tip off from undisclosed sources, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has successfully apprehended three suspects involved in adulterating petroleum products.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, Commandant of NSCDC in Bayelsa State disclosed at the Corps Headquarters in Yenagoa.

She stated that the suspects has been apprehended at Elele on the East-West Road with a 40,000 litre capacity truck loaded with illegal refined products.

“Our efforts at sanitising the oil sector have been ongoing and yielding results; we arrested these three young men who have been sabotaging our efforts to check oil theft, pipeline vandalism, and illegal refining of petroleum products.

“On March 17, we arrested the suspects at Elele on the East-West Road and we are working to get to the root.

“Our legal team is working on the matter, and we have invited the Department of Petroleum Resources to conduct an analysis on the exhibit and once we are done with investigations, we go to the prosecution phase.

“We have secured more than 30 convictions from the beginning of this year till date and the convicts are serving their jail terms while the products impounded are forfeited to the Federal Government.” she said.

Abiakam-Omanu further stated that the the NSCDC would continue to arrest criminals involved in oil theft and vandalism.

“The NSCDC Command in Bayelsa is poised to fight oil theft and vandalism on oil assets and we implore oil communities to assist us with timely information to curtail all forms of criminality.” she concluded.

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