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NSCDC impounds 37,100 litres of diesel in Ondo

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By Muftau Ogunyemi

The Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC) said it seized 37,100 liters of diesel from an illegal depot in Ore, Odigbo local government area, Ondo state.

The corps commander in the state, Edenabu Eweka, made this known in a statement signed by the command’s public relations officer, Mr. Olufemi Omole, on Tuesday in Akure.

Eweka said the discovery and seizure was in line with the corps commanding general’s vision of zero tolerance for vandalism and destruction of critical national assets and infrastructure.

He said the command, using sustained and credible intelligence, detonated an “illegal surface” storage facility for automotive diesel fuel (AGO), also known as diesel, in Ore.

Eweka said some criminal elements and economic saboteurs had used the arena as a storage base after vandalizing oil pipelines on the high seas and in creeks in the Niger Delta region.

He said the suspects transported the illegally refined products through badges and boats to coastal areas of Ondo state, mainly via Agadagba, Ijaw and Ido Osun.

He added that investigations further revealed that Ore was quickly becoming the seat of AGO’s illegal surface depots in the southwest.

“Most tankers load adulterated AGO through surface tanks and thus distribute for sale across Nigeria.

“The command’s anti-vandal squad tactically invaded the crime scene. The suspects, however, fled when they saw our men.

“These unscrupulous elements transport the product using buses, jeeps and cars to where it would ultimately be stored in the surface tanks located in Ore town.

“Some of the exhibited parts recovered from the scene are a Toyota Sequoia Jeep, a Toyota Camry car, a pumping machine, two industrial hoses, 70 drums of 30 liters AGO and 35,000 liters of adulterated AGO,” said Eweka.

He vowed that the command would fight and eliminate all forms of economic crime in the state.

He warned pipeline vandals and those determined to destroy critical national assets and infrastructure of the state to give up or face the wrath of the law.

(NAN)

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