In Akwa Ibom, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) apprehended one suspect and impounded two vehicles transporting 1,500 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil.
Mr Suleiman Marafa, the state Commandant of the Corps, stated this during a media briefing in Uyo on Wednesday.
According to Marafa, the suspect, 36, was apprehended by NSCDC operatives in Akwa Ibom on August 19 along the Ikot Abasi-Port Harcourt highway while transporting the product from Ogoni creeks in Rivers.
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He stated that the second suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled when he saw corps operatives, and that the two vehicles seized were registered AKD 940 EG and ART 994 AA.
The commandant said that the suspects concealed the product in cellophane bags tucked inside the booths of their vehicle to beat security checks.
Marafa assured that the NSCDC would continue to pursue and apprehend criminals sabotaging the nation’s economy.
“The Corps under my watch will not relent in hunting oil thieves and vandals who are sabotaging the Nigerian economy.
“We have increased surveillance and patrol in identified flashpoints. I want to assure you that it’s not going to be business as usual for criminals and enemies of the state.
“The suspect will be arraigned in court soonest, where he will answer for his crime. I want to appeal to our youths to desist from crime,” Marafa said.