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The Nigerian Police has in its renewed onslaught vandalism of Pipelines, destruction of oil and gas facilities and illegal oil bunkering in the country, arrested officials of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and truckloads of stolen diesel.
The Force Public Relations Officer(PRO), Moshood Jimoh, in a statement on Thursday, said the criminal act is worrisome because of the consequences of economic hardship, damage to public infrastructures, and loss of Government huge investments in the oil sector.
To this end, he said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, reorganized and , empowered the Police Task Force on Illegal Petroleum bunkering to decisively tackle these criminals and their collaborators.
The Police Spokesperson said the Task Force recovered nine tailer truckloads with 33,000 litres of adulterated AGO (diesel).
He listed the recovered vehicles to include: DAF Truck with Reg No. KZR 742 XA in Police custody Abuja; DAF Truck with Reg No. RBC 366 ZX in Police custody Abuja; DAF Truck with Reg No. LFA 668 XB in Police custody Abuja; DAF Truck with Reg No. LFA 797 XS in Police custody Abuja; DAF Truck with Reg No. BGT 286 XA in Police custody Abuja; Mark Truck with R
eg No. RSH 711 ZZ in Police custody Warri; DAF Truck with Reg No. MKA 370 XH in Police custody Ugheli; DAF Truck with Reg No. MKA 190 ZB in Police custody Shagamu; and IVECO Truck with Reg No. SM 628 XJ in Police custody Warri
Jimoh said: “The coordinated operations carried out by IGP’s Special Task Force on Petroleum/Illegal Bunkering between March 7, 2017 and March 20, 2017, in Nasarawa, Delta and Ogun States led to the interception and recovery of nine Trailer Trucks loaded with 33,000 litres of suspected adulterated AGO (diesel) each, while the drivers abandoned the vehicles and escaped into the bush on sighting the Special Task force Team.
“The laboratory analysis carried out by Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) revealed that the products are off specification. Investigation is being intensified to arrest the suspects and their sponsors in order to bring them to justice.”
The Force PRO also said they arrested two serving NSCDC officers “for dealing in suspected illegally refined petroleum products AGO (Diesel) with a Patrol Van belonging to the Corps.
He said the affected officers are: Assistant Superintendent II Agah Ovie M, and Assistant Superintendent II Angel Kilosomewo State.
He also listed the recovered vans to include a Mitsubushi Patrol Van belonging to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( in colour of NSCDC); and 350 litres of Suspected Illegally Refined Petroleum Product Ago (Diesel) in 15.sacks containing 25 litres each.
Jimoh said that “the IGP’S Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering on March 7, 2017 at about 2100hrs while on patrol intercepted a patrol van belonging to the NSCDC loaded with Suspected Illegally Refined Petroleum Product AGO (diesel) along Otuasegha area of Yenagoa and arrested the two suspects mentioned above.
“The suspects volunteered confessional statements admitting to be personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Critical Infrastructure Department, Bayelsa State Command, and that the van belongs to their HOD ACC Lawrence Ndubushi.”
He also said that the office of the suspects has been informed and the Police investigation team is awaiting their response to conclude investigation into the case.
“They will be charged to court on completion of investigation for dealing in suspected illegally refined petroleum products AGO (Diesel) under the petroleum and miscellaneous offences acts,” he added l.
He also assured every Nigerian of the renewed commitment of the Force to continue to work assiduously to protect the nation’s oil and gas investments and other critical infrastructures.
In another development, the Police also nabbed a 25 years old Mr. Brigg Dinabo and 39 years Mr. Harry Omeba, for unlawful possession of firearms conspiracy and violence during the Rivers state supplementary election to the State Assembly at Etche LGA.
Jimoh said the Police recovered from the suspects two AK 47 rifles; three magazines; 24.round of live ammunition; two expended ammunition shell; 50 PDP card/Tags; and one Acura Jeep with Reg.No. AFM875FN (Rivers)
Jimlh furrher stated that on Saturday February.25, 2017 during the re-run of the Rivers state legislative election, suspected thugs unleashed violence on voters, shooting indiscriminately and thereby hijacked ballot boxes, in gross violation of the electoral act.
“In the process the two suspects were identified and arrested by SARS patrol team at Etche, Rivers State. In the Acura Jeep with Reg No. AFM 875 FN Rivers, recovered in the possession of the two suspects, were two ( AK 47 rifles, 24 rounds of live ammunition and two expended ammunition shells, and 50 PDP card/tags. Investigation is being intensified to arrest the following suspects still at large. There are hereby advised to report themselves at the nearest Police Station,” he said.
He listed the suspects that will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation to include: “Samuel Nwanosilla ‘M’ (at large); Odiane Princewill ‘M’ (at large); and Roland Sekibo ‘M’ (at large)”.