Four suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Bayelsa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), with a truck laden with suspected adulterated petroleum products.
Commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Christiana Abiakam Omanu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the feat was made possible because of the reinforcement of it’s intelligence unit.
According to her, preliminary investigations have revealed that the operators of the petrol laden truck do not have licence and the relevant documents from any authorised petroleum products depot, adding that the suspects would be prosecuted as soon as investigations were concluded.
Abiakam Omanu said:
“The four suspects were arrested on May 9, 2021, at about 1700 hours, based on a tip off that a 45,000-litre capacity oil tanker with registration number AHD671XR, was about to discharge the product in a filling station along Ammasoma road in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
“At the point of arrest and during the interim investigation, no waybill, licence or other authority papers were presented to show for the genuineness of the product as well as authority to deal in petroleum product”.
She vowed that anyone involved in the act of operating illegal refineries, dealing in petroleum products without due licence, vandalism, oil theft and other related offences, will not be spared.
Abiakam Omanu also appealed to members of the general public to continue to volunteer useful information to help the command in fighting crime, especially illicit oil business activities.