Benin - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Edo Command, impounded 15 trucks laden with petroleum product suspected to be illegally obtained, its commandant, Mr Chika Ikpeamonwu, said.
Ikpeamonwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the trucks were impounded between December 2012 and January 2013.
He also confirmed the arrest of 10 suspects for allegedly operating illegal refinery in some parts of the state and vandalism of oil pipelines.
The commandant said the NSCDC arrested five suspects for alleged illegal recruitment of people into NSCDC.
He said the suspects used the internet to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians of various sums of money with a promise to get jobs for them in the service.
Ikpeamonwu said the suspects were alleged to have demanded for N5,000 fee for online form they gave to people and a separate sum ranging from N300,000 to N350 000 for employment into the para-military outfit.
The suspects were arrested on Feb. 27 at New Lagos Road in Benin and their case had been transferred to the NSCDC headquarters in Abuja for further investigation.
He reiterated the command’s determination to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that it reduced the incidence of vandalism of oil pipelines and criminality in the state and the country in general.