NSCDC parades 3 oil theft suspects in Anambra, launches manhunt on adulterated petrol dealers

Three suspects were on Friday paraded by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC), Anambra State for conveying 1,625 litres of adulterated diesel also known as Automotive Gas Oil in Odekpe in Ogbaru local government of the state.

The suspects, Okechukwu Okeke (28) from Ojoto, Idemili South LGA, Emeka Chukwuma (34) from Akili – Ozizor, Ogbaru LGA, both in Anambra State and Ifunanya Ike (29) of Mbano LGA of Imo State were arrested on Thursday, March 28, 2024 along Atani road.

Parading the suspects at the State Command, State Commandant, Olatunde Maku said the suspects were nabbed by Joint Operating Team of Anti- Vandalism Squad of the Command  headed by ACC Chinenye Chinweze and the Nigerian Navy.

He said the suspects were conveying the products in two shuttle buses, one a white coloured  bus with plate number Anambra AWK 429 XY and an ash coloured  bus with registeration number Anambra GDD 277 XB.

Maku said the suspects would be arraigned after investigations were concluded, vowing to step up the fight against crude oil theft, illegal oil bunkering and petroleum products black market racketeering in Anambra State. 

He called on the public to assist the command in its renewed vigour to stamp out illegal oil refining activities in the state through provision of intelligence on illegal oil bunkering activities within their domains.

“This arrest was made possible in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and preliminary investigation revealed that the illegally refined products were loaded at Ogbakuma and headed to Okoti community, both in Ogbaru area.

“I want to commend the Nigerian Navy for their support in the fight against criminality in the state. This type of synergy is what is needed to wage a full-scale war against perpetrators of the heinous crime. 

“NSCDC as the lead agency in the protection of critical national, state and local government assets and infrastructure, is known for its zero tolerance in crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities. 

“We remain focused in freeing Anambra state of illegal petroleum products racketeering and other related criminalities,” he said.

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