Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,(NSCDC) have arrested five suspected oil thieves for dealing in illegally refined petroleum products in River's state, The suspects were paraded at the NSCDC headquarters on December 20, 2022.

Recall that upon the reconstitution of a new Antivandal Team there have been remarkable successes in the relentless war against vandalism of oil pipelines and illegal dealings in petroleum products as revealed through massive arrests and subsequent prosecution of cases in the court of competent jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has promised that in a short while there would be a drastic reduction and possible eradication of illegal dealings in petroleum products across the nation as the Corps newly constituted Marine and Land operatives are now taking the Anti-vandalism war to the enemies camp thereby reducing oil theft which is one of the major reason for huge loss of revenue in the country.


The five suspects were nabbed few days after the operatives arrested and paraded 19 suspects at the Command Headquarters.

The suspects; Ifegbu Uche (male), Obinna Ogbonna (male), Emmanuel Smart (male), Lawrence Gibson (male)and Emeka Desmond (male) were arrested while in the conveyance of a total estimate of 24,000 litres of local/illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) loaded in cellophane, concealed in Sack bags and carefully packed in an Ash Colour Toyota Sequoia V8 Jeep, a Light Colour Volkswagen Bus which was intercepted at Abuloma community in Port Harcourt, a short white Truck impounded at Abonnema Wharf, and a white Ford E- 250 intercepted at Etche/Okehi road in Etche Local Government Area respectfully.

The operatives also intercepted and impounded another short white Mercedes Tank-Truck with unquantified litres of illegally refined AGO along Ozuoba-Rumuigbo axis in Obio/Akpor LGA, Port Harcourt Rivers State.


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