Navy hands over drums of illegally refined diesel to NSCDC
The Nigerian Navy has handed over truckloads of illegally refined automotive gas oil to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The navy had a week ago in Ikot Ibiok, Eket Local Government Area of the state, apprehended six suspected illegal oil dealers and seized three truckloads of illegal AGO, otherwise called diesel.
It was gathered that five storage tanks, generators and oil hose were also retrieved from an illegal oil refining site in the area.
The Executive Officer of the NNS Jubilee, Captain Suleiman Ibrahim, who represented the Commander of the base, Commodore Ayerinade Akinwale, on Friday said that they were able to arrest the suspects with the help of intelligence report.
He implored Nigerians to steer clear of illegal businesses.
He said, “We received credible intelligence in the early hours of October 23, 2018 at exactly 1am. On that basis, we deployed our anti-crude oil team and we came to this spot where we are and when we got here, we intercepted an illegal operation that was ongoing.
“You have seen three trucks which are fully loaded with illegally refined AGO and there are also five storage tanks. We are also lucky to arrest six suspects who are remotely connected to this operation. The oil causes environmental damage.
“We can only arrest and hand them over to the NSCDC team, which would then prosecute the suspects in the court of law. We appeal to all those people involved in these illegal activities to desist from this act because it is not only an economic crime, it is an environmental crime. But if they refuse, wherever they are and whenever we find them, we would arrest them and make sure they are prosecuted.”
Receiving the suspect, the Head of the Anti-Bunkering Unit of the NSCDC, Superintendent Essien Henshaw, confirmed that the suspects would be prosecuted in court after investigation