The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), Ondo State Command says it has arrested four suspects, destroyed 200,000 litres and seized 2,710 litres of suspected adulterated AGO in the state.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Pedro Awili made this known in a statement signed and made available to The Politico on Saturday in Akure by Mrs Ajoke Pelemo (ASC I), the Command’s Public Relations officer.
According to Awili, the suspects; Akin Akinyele,42, Alao Yusuf,40; Aremu Saidi,35 and Hassan Jimoh,37 were arrested on January 31, 2018 for illegal dealing in petroleum products along Lagos Express Way, Ajibandele in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the raid was carried out by the anti-vandal operatives of the state command in Ajibandele Area where it was discovered that a lot of shops along the road were being run by illegal marketers.
According to him, a total of 200,000 litres of suspected adulterated AGO was destroyed and 2,710 litres of AGO was seized from the suspects by men of the corps.
He said that the suspects were still under investigation and would be charged to court immediately after the investigation.
The NSCDC boss explained that illegal marketers finance and sponsor those who break the right of way of either NNPC or SPDC to siphon crude oil and locally refine them in the creeks within the state.
According to him, illegal dealing in petroleum product is at the detriment of the public because it damages machinery and causes a lot of problems in the societies due to the inflammable nature of the adulterated products.
Awili, therefore, implored the citizens of the state to be security conscious and also report to the security agencies any illegal dealings in petroleum products.
He assured the general public that the corps would put more effort in bringing an end to illegal oil marketing in the state and warned that individuals should desist from dealing in Illegal Petroleum products or face the wrath of the law.