The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has impounded five trucks and arrested a suspect over allegations of oil theft in Rivers state.
NSCDC State Commandant in Rivers, Michael Ogar while addressing newsmen in his office in Port Harcourt, explained that one suspect was also apprehended for involvement in oil theft and illegal dealings in petroleum products.
He added that while three of the five trucks were impounded by a Joint Task Force for conveying 142,000 litres of petroleum products without haulage licenses and other required documents, the other two trucks were impounded by the Command’s Antivandal Team
“Following a tip-off, we also impounded a long truck with registration number: OGUN DED 643 XB. The suspects, upon sighting our men, took to their heels.”
Ogar noted that the vehicle was transporting boxes of noodles alongside illegally processed automobile gas oil.
Speaking further, the commandant said: “while on routine patrol at Mbiama in Ahoada West LGA, the Rivers joint task force, made up of the Nigerian Army, the navy, the air force, the police and the NSCDC impounded tree trucks for transporting illegally refined petroleum products.
“We impounded a white truck with registration number AFM 604 XA conveying an estimated value of 54,000 litres of premium motor spirit, popularly called petrol,” he said.
“A white IVECO truck with registration number DKA 374 XE was also impounded while transporting PMS with an estimated value of 52,000 litres.”
Ogar said another truck loaded with 36,000 litres of PMS was impounded, adding that the last three trucks had been taken to the command’s exhibit yard at Ogbogoro jetty.
“Consequently, the NSCDC Rivers Command will continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies to rid the state of illegal oil bunkering.
“I can assure you that after a thorough investigation, the suspect would be charged to court while the tankers and the content would be forfeited to the federal government.
“I also want to warn those who have refused to repent from engaging in the such heinous crime that they would face the full wrath of the law.”