NSCDC nabbed 6 young men over illegal bunkering.
THE men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State command have nabbed six young men in connection with illegal bunkering of petroleum products in the state with over 100, 000 litres of fuel seized from them.
The state commandant of the corps, Alhaji Waheed Popoola, who said this in Akure , said the boys were arrested in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state, while three trucks loaded with fuel were also impounded with 33, 000 litres of adultrated fuel each.
Apart from the trucks, the command also impounded a volvo saloon car loaded with 45 containers of 30 litres each.
One of the drivers of the vehicle, who claimed to have come from Sokoto State, Bashir Lawali, said they were working for one man identified as Alhaji Suberu, who lives in Sokoto.
He said the man had promised to pay them N20,000 each every month for helping him to bring the product from the south to the northern part of the country.
Lawali, 29 years, however said he was new in the business as the trip was his first one, adding that he was not aware that he was employed for illegal business.
According to him, the man that gave them the job did not tell them they were going for an illegal business until they got to Ore in Ondo State before they were briefed about the deal.
However, speaking with newsmen over the development the NSCDC commandant said the trucks and the people were arrested along Ore-Benin road while trying to escape with the content.
He said the people initially claimed that the vehicles contained kerosene but was found out to be adulterated fuel that was illegally siphoned.
Popoola also said the arrest was made because of the concerted effort of the men of the command to bring a total end to the illegal business in Ondo State.
He explained that the command had in recent times stepped up its patrol and search over the illegal business, saying this had led to the discovery of illegal refineries in some parts of the state.
He stated that one of the illegal local refineries was discovered in Iju Osun and was subsequently destroyed by men of the command.
He, however, expressed the readiness of the command to put a stop to illegal bunkering bunkering activities and contribute to the economic development of the country.