Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River have impounded a truck loaded with 33,000 litres of adulterated diesel.
The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Danjuma Elisha, who briefed journalists on the arrest in Calabar, said one suspect, Mansur Mohammed, was arrested in connection with the incident.
Elisha explained that the truck was arrested at the Technical Junction in Calabar.
He said: “The truck was arrested in Calabar around the Technical Junction. It was carrying 33,000 litres of diesel.
“The suspect and the product were arrested for not having the valid papers to operate in the oil sector and at the same time, the product itself is suspected to be adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
“This kind of act is against our laws and regulations; this is an economic sabotage. We expect people to do legitimate business, but this business is illegal and that is why we arrested the truck.”
The commandant said the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) was carrying out a forensic analysis of the product.
According to him, after the analysis, the suspect will be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others who may want to venture into such illegality.
Elisha, who assumed the leadership of the command a week ago, stressed the readiness of the NSCDC to protect critical government infrastructure in the state.
He added: “I have come on board to ensure that all forms of illegality are stopped.
“I solicit the support of all residents in the state to enable us to do our work creditably and move the state and nation at large forward.”
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The truck driver, Mohammed, said he was transporting the product to Yola in Adamawa State.
Mohammed said he bought the product from roadside dealers without valid papers.
He said: “I bought the product from some tanker drivers who usually scoop the product from their tanks. I asked them if it was genuine product and they told me that it was the remnant from their trucks.
“The truck belongs to my boss who is in Yola. I am only working according to his instructions.”
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