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NSCDC arrests 9 over fake petroleum products

25 June 2013, 16:03

Uyo - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has impounded three trucks loaded with adulterated petroleum products and arrested nine suspects in Akwa Ibom.

The State Commandant, NSCDC, Pedro Ideba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Uyo that the nine suspects were arrested after a tip off.

He said that two trucks were impounded with adulterated kerosene behind the NNPC mega station in Uyo while one was impounded at Champion Brewery with adulterated diesel.

"The two trucks originally were loaded with kerosene (DPK) and adulterated the product with some other chemicals and were going to supply to Julius Berger Plc in Uyo.

"We also impounded a tanker loaded with petroleum products suspected to be diesel which was adulterated and driven into Champion Brewery on Aka road in Uyo.

"Through a tip off, our men had to impound the three trucks and nine men were arrested,” he said.

He promised that the nine suspects would be arraigned in the court after investigation.

The state commandant further said that in the last one month, the command sealed off one filling station by Ibiakpan Junction in Ikot Ekpene which was used to dispense adulterated products.

Ideba said that the station had been abandoned but the tank compartment was used for storing adulterated petroleum products.

"They come with trucks, load products and sell to companies and members of the public.

"The filling station has been sealed off; we have recovered the pumping machines, generators and the owner on sighting our men jumped through the fence and escaped,” he said.

Ideba, however, said the officers were able to get the security man on duty that was helping the command in its investigation.

The commandant urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious character to the law enforcement agency nearest to them.

On the illegal private security in the state, the commandant warned the operators to adhere strictly to the law establishing the operations of private guard companies in the country.

He said that the command had sealed off one company, FECU Security Services Company, in Ikot Ekpene, adding that the company had been operating illegally for many years.

He warned that any company operating without approved licence would be sealed off, advising them to formalise their registration immediately.

The commandant appealed to the State Government to assist the command with accommodation and operational vehicles to cover the 31 Local Government Areas of the state.

 - NAN


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