Delta State Commandant of the Nigeria Security Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Akinsanya Iskilu Abiodun has paraded 8 suspects for crud oil theft.
In a statement by the command’s public relations officer, DSC Emeka Okwuchime said that the commandant launched a Special Tactical Team code named “Operation Show No Mercy To Crude Cil Thieves, Pipeline Vandals Amongst Other Crimes and Criminalities in the state.
However, he said that barely 24hours into their operations they arrested some suspected crude oil thieves, vandals along the Warri Sapele Road and those illegally dealing in petroleum products suspected to be dual purpose kerosine (DPK) and Automated Gasoline Oil AGO.
DSC Emeka Okwechime gave the names of the suspects as Mr Salisu Ibrahim 22yrs (m), Idris Ilia 23yrs (m) and Usman Adam 32yrs(m)
“The Team also bursted and sealed up an illegal dump site used in illegally dealing and storing of illegally refined petroleum product suspected to be Automated Gasoline Oil AGO close to the Niger Cat junction in Uvwie LGA of Delta State which led to the arrest of Two other suspects whose names are, One Mr Aminu Garuba 32yrs (m) and Usman Tasiu 19yrs(m).
“On the Warri Sapele highway, the Team also swop on black marketers illegally dealing in petroleum products suspected to be Automated Gasoline Oil AGO, several drums of illegally refined AGO were destroyed and two suspects was arrested.
He said that the sting operations and raiding continues until the State is sanitise of crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals.
Also paraded according to him, was Mrs Blessing Ojewale (f) 40yrs of age, engaged in illegally dealing in petroleum product suspected to be Dual Purpose Kerosine DPK concealed in about 30 polythene sacks estimated to be about 1000litres of DPK loaded in a toyota sienna bus with registration number LSR 832 CZ used in conveying the product.
“She was arrested on the 12th of September 2022 at about 1600hrs at Ebendo along Kwale road by the Commandant Special Tactical Team, while the driver jumped into the bush upon sighting the men of the NSCDC.
However, he said one Mr Idogor Sunday (m) was also arrested with about 27numbers of 25liters Jerry cans of petroleum product suspected to be Dual Purpose Kerosene DPK loaded in a Mitsubishi Space Runner bus with Registration Number CL 374 ABC.
“He was arrested at Kwale Junction in Ogwash uku along the Asaba Kwale highway at about 1930hrs on the 12th of September 2022 by the Commandant Special Tactical Team.
DSC Emeka said that suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation in order for them to face the full weight of the law and to serve as deterrent to would be criminals.