The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Rivers State Command, under the leadership of Commandant Abu Tambuwal, has recorded another feat in the fight against criminality, vandalism and oil bunkering in the state.
This was disclosed to journalists by the Command Spokeperson, DSC Olufemi Ayodele.
According to him “The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command, has arrested 14 suspects for unlawful dealings in petroleum products.”
He explained that the arrests premised on the renewed vigour and strategic efforts put in place by the Command to combat the menace of oil theft, illegal refineries, oil bunkering and illegal dealings in petroleum product in Rivers State.
Parading the suspects, the Public Relations Officer of the State Command noted that the arrests were made possible following a marching order given by the State Commandant, Abu Tambuwal, who had reiterated on his assumption of duty, that the war against illegal bunkering in Rivers was non-negotiable.”
He added that the Command is currently under a ‘New Sheriff in Town’, with zero tolerance for all anti-government activities, especially acts of sabotaging the nation’s economy through vandalism of oil pipelines and illegal dealings in petroleum products.
In his words, “The NSCDC Rivers State Command, in her renewed vigour to eradicate the menace of oil pipeline vandalism and other offences in connection with illegal dealings in petroleum products, has arrested and hereby parading these 14 Suspects named: Chinoso Anowo (M) 35years, Babagana Umaru (M) 40years, Victor Emeama (M) 49 Years, Ifeanyi Chinaka (M) 42years, Ndubisi Nwoji (M) 41years and Echefulachi Okoro (M) 33years and others for illegal dealings in petroleum products and transportation of petroleum products without haulage licences, being offences punishable under the Miscellaneous offences Act, Law of the Federation 2004.”
The first suspect was arrested at Ada George Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, with 18,000 litres capacity white Man Diesel Truck 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 Government 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 Government of Rivers State. Another Truck KADUNA MKA 701 ZF conveying 40,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO was also impounded along Airport road. Four (4) suspects were further arrested along a truck with number plate Ebonyi ZLL A3 XY in conveyance of products used for construction of illegal refineries.”
The Command spokesman relayed that three suspects named: Oluchukwu Nwachukwu (M) 33years, Uche Nwankwo (M) 29years, Chiwendu Onwenyisi (M) 31 years, were also arrested with four cars conveying about four drums of suspected illegally refined AGO concealed in cellophane bags, equivalent to 800 litres; a light grey coloured Toyota Camry, with registration number IMO STATE AG 342 KGE; blue Toyota Camry, with registration number DELTA LEH 64 EX, a white Toyota Camry with registration number LAGOS LSD 58 BJ and a deep grey Toyota Camry car with registration number RIVERS AM 25 BNY.
They were all impounded at Airport roundabout in Ikwerre Local Government Area. In addition, Isaac Helliday (M) 39years, Joseph Tambufo- 50 years, Wisdom Batubo (M) 35 years and Felix Friday- 32 years, were arrested with two wooden boats loaded with suspected illegally refined AGO on the waterways along Bakana River and Abonima wharf, respectively. While reaffirming the Command’s continuous synergy with relevant sister agencies, Ayodele hinted that all the suspects would definitely be charged to court at the expiration of thorough Investigation.