Four suspected illegal petroleum products dealers have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Anambra State at various locations in the state.
The suspects, Sunday Nwaogu, 37, Ejike Nelson, 42, Emeka Okolo, 45 and Tochukwu Okonkwo were arrested by the anti-vandalism team of the command following credible Intelligence.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Awka, State Commandant, Vincent Ogu said Sunday Nwaogu of Imoha, Mgbidi Oru East LGA of Imo State was intercepted at Ihiala in a white Hiarce Bus with registration number EBONYI AKL 518 XP filled with suspected Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) (diesel).
He added that Ejike Nelson and Emeka Okolo of the same address were intercepted at Ihiala on their way to deliver the adulterated product at their final destination.
“We recovered approximately 50 Bags of suspected adulterated DPK(Petrol) loaded in a Nissan Bus with registration no: ENUGU ENU 514 XV.
“The Anti Vandal team had been intimated of the activities of the syndicates who specialize in transporting the adulterated products in and around the State. The team as a follow up to the tip off apprehended the two suspects,” he said.
According to Ogu, Tochukwu Okonkwo of Eziowelle in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State was on his way to Ugwuoba Oji River LGA of Enugu State with suspected adulterated AGO approximately 27 bags staked in Nissan Quest Bus with registration no: LAGOS GT 538 EKY at Immigration junction, Agu Awka when he was arrested.
He said all the suspects would be charged after investigations were concluded.
“This kind of illegal activities can lead to bleeding of Nigerian economy and certainly an economic sabotage.
“The Command will sustain this force and ensure that criminally minded individuals will not see the state as safe haven to operate.
“We want the public to support our progress with credible intelligence information to execute our mandate and perform our constitutional duties and responsibilities,” NSCDC boss noted.