The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two suspects conveying 50, 000 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in Anambra.
The accused were identified as: Samuel Ifeanyichukwu Oduche, 39, from Ndiagu Amechi Awkunanaw and Emeka Agu, 35, from Oduma, Aninri, all in Enugu State.
A statement issued Monday by Public Relations Officer (PRO), NSCDC Anambra Command, Edwin Okadigbo, said the duo were apprehended by men of the Anti-Vandalism Squad of the Corps on September 24, in Awka.
He added that the suspects were arrested along the Enugu/Onitsha expressway while conveying the product in a truck with registration number, Benue MKA 806 ZF.
Okadigbo said that preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects have been in the illicit oil business for some time.
The PRO said the State Commandant, Isdore Chikere had ordered the Intelligence and Investigation Department to conduct further investigation on the matter.
He said that at the end of the investigation, the suspects would be charged to court.
The Commandant reiterated the commitment of the Corps to protect the nation’s oil and gas investments and other critical infrastructures.
“The constant vandalism of pipelines, destruction of oil and gas facilities and illegal oil bunkering in the country is of great concern to the Commandant-General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi.
“This criminal act is worrisome because of its consequences on the economy, damage to public infrastructures, and loss of government huge revenue in the oil sector.
“In view of the above, the CG has tasked us to reorganize and empower the Anti-Vandalism Squad to decisively tackle these menaces which has started yielding the desired results,’’ he added.