Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has said it uncovered a syndicate and arrested three suspects involved in adulteration of petroleum products.
Mrs. Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, the Commandant of NSCDC in Bayelsa, made the disclosure while parading the suspects before newsmen at NSCDC Headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital, SURGENIG NEWS NIGERIA reports.
Abiakam-Omanu said that the officers caught a petroleum product delivery truck conveying products from Calabar depot which stopped at designated spots at Elele on the East-West Road where illegally refined products were being filled into the truck.
She said that three suspects had a 40,000 litres capacity truck laden with suspected adulterated product were impounded at the illegal loading point at Elele by her command.
“We arrested these three young men who have been sabotaging our efforts to check oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal refining of petroleum products.
“The suspects were arrested 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 also 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.