NSCDC arrests five oil thieves in Ondo


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State Command has arrested five suspects for alleged involvement in unlawful dealing in Petroleum products, suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO)- Diesel.

The suspects were also accused of transporting Petroleum products without lawful license.

Parading the suspects before reporters, the state commandant of NSCDC Hammed Abodunrin, said the efforts of the antivandal unit of the command led to the arrest of the suspects and a long truck with registration number EDO WWR 597 ZU at Ore, Odigbo Local government, Ondo State.

He said, ” From their statements, the suspects claimed that the product was loaded from Taurus Depot koko in Delta State.

“Our preliminary investigation shows that the waybill presented is fake and will undergo proper authentication.

The owner of the product has not presented the licence to deal in Petroleum products and haulage licence to transport same.

Three suspects named: Suraju Adamu (M) 34 years, Ali Mohammed (M) aged 38 years, Mukta Musa (M) 33 years were all arrested while conveying a long Truck with degistration number ABUJA ABJ 242 YJ with 45,000 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in Ore Town in Odigbo Local Government.

The arrest, according to the commandant was made possible following a tip off during a routine patrol by antivandal unit of the command.

He said the suspects could not produce any document authorizing their dealings in Petroleum products as the samples sighted at the point of arrest was different from the contents in the Truck.

The commandant added that the five suspects would be charged to Court at the end of investigation.

He reiterated the command’s
commitment to tackling all forms of criminal activities.