The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom State Command said it has impounded 3,000 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) hidden in a truck laden with yoghurt drink.
It added that two suspects were also arrested in connection with the crime.
NSCDC State Commandant, Samuel Fadeyi, who disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen at the command exhibits yard in Uyo, said the suspects claimed they were coming from Ahoada, Rivers State and were nabbed on Friday April 23, by patrol team on surveillance in Itu Local Government Area of the state.
Parading the suspects alongside the exhibits, the Commandant said, “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 gone 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 would have been exposed to the public for consumption.
“Two suspects were arrested on Friday concerning this and as you have seen, you have seen the AGO, you have seen how they concealed it”.
Fadeyi therefore urged 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 all the two suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
Fadeyi while commending the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, for his support and logistics to the command operations called on security personnel, especially those at the border posts to be on alert to contain with the antics of criminals, so that Akwa Ibom and Nigeria would be safe.