By Ikeugonna Eleke
Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Anambra State Command, have arrested four suspects for dealing in adulterated petroleum products.
The suspects were arrested along the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway in Ihiala while conveying 90, 000 litres of adulterated products, referred to as Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO), in two trucks.
The State Commandant of the Anambra Command, Evaristus Obiyo, who assumed office a week ago, stated this during a news briefing with journalists.
Obiyo said the Anti-Vandalism Squad of the command, headed by ACC, Dennis Reuben, on the 23rd September, at about 2200 hours, intercepted and arrested four suspects with two trucks loaded with 45,000 each or Low Pour Fuel Oil, also known as black oil.
‘They were arrested while transporting the suspected adulterated petroleum products in two branded Conoil trucks with registration numbers: Kano KMC-466-ZO and Kano KMC-166-ZQ,’ he said.
The Commandant added that investigations revealed that the suspects were not licensed to deal in petroleum products, while the trucks used had no permit to be used for conveyance of the product.
He said the suspects had all confessed their various roles in the crime, and that investigations were ongoing, after which the suspects would be charged to court.
The suspects names were given as, Mohammed Nurudeen, 30; Sani Zubaru, 43; Abdullahi Lawal, 33 and Suleiman Mohammed, 36. All suspects are said to hail from Kaduna State.
Obiyo said his primary assignment in the state was to sanitize the petroleum products racketeering towards a better environment for economic growth and that he would not rest on his oars in carrying out the task.