The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Akwa Ibom Command says it has arrested two suspects with over 3,000 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in a truck laden with yoghurt drink.
The Akwa Ibom Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Samuel Fadeyi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the command’s exhibits yard in Uyo on Wednesday
Fadeyi said the suspects, who claimed they were coming from Ahoada, Rivers were nabbed on Friday April 23, by a patrol team on surveillance in Itu Local Government Area.
He said that since criminals were devising more techniques to beat security check points, there was absolute need for security personnel to improve on intelligence gathering, in order to tackle crime and criminality in the state.
“Like we have always done to update you on activities and indeed activities of some criminal elements among us, essentially to inform the public, and let them know the ills that some of these activities bring on us.
“Now look at this, this vehicle was intercepted by our men around Itu, and ordinarily it is conveying yoghurt, but it is used to conceal AGO, taken from an illegal refinery at Ahoada in Rivers State.
“They have successfully, to a point, deceived security operatives on the way until they got to Itu LGA, kudos to our men, they were able to get through their deceit and were able to discover that the yoghurt were used to conceal illegal Diesel (AGO)
“Apart from the fact that it is illegal in itself to illegally refine petroleum products, which is dangerous, look at the yoghurt that is for consumption, it is already contaminated and will be exposed to the public for consumption.
“Two suspects were arrested on Friday concerning this and you have seen the AGO, you have seen how they concealed it, “Fadeyi said.
Fadeyi charged everyone to be vigilant on activities of criminal elements around them with the level of insecurity in the country, adding that the yoghurt would be destroyed as it was no more safe for consumption.
The state commandant added that the two suspects would immediately be charged to Court as soon as investigation is completed.
Fadeyi called on security personnel, especially those at the border posts to be extra vigilant, and at alert to contend with the antics of criminals, so that Akwa Ibom and Nigeria would be safe.
He commended the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, for his support and logistics to the command’s operations.
He also called on members of the public to volunteer information to security agencies concerning crimes and criminalities within their areas to ensure adequate protection of critical infrastructure.