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NSCDC arrests suspected illegal fuel dealers in Abia

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By Chinelo Nwangene

Operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Abia state command, Umuahia, have reportedly arrested four persons accused of involvement in illegal dealings on petroleum products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), popularly known as diesel.

The suspects were said to have been arrested on December 4, following what the command described as “Actionable Intelligence.”

It was learnt that the act of lifting petroleum products through a container body truck meant for the conveyance of Agro-Allied Products was a new tactic by the illegal petroleum dealers to beat security checks.

Parading the suspects before newsmen in Umuahia, the state commandant; Mr. Vincent Ogu, said the suspects were arrested along Ubakala Junction of the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway, while conveying about 50 sack bags of petroleum products suspected to be AGO, in a truck with REG. No: MGU7585A.

Mr. Ogu further said that the suspects loaded some bags of “Saw Dust” on top of the truck with the intent to deceive operatives of the corps on patrol.

The NSCDC commandant disclosed that the suspects, upon interrogation, gave their names as John James (m), Nwile Chukwuma (m), Sunday Mangu (m), and Nwoke Sunday (m).

The Abia NSCDC boss added that preliminary investigations revealed that none of the suspects had a license to deal in petroleum products.

Continuing, he said that the product has no waybill or meter ticket. The truck has no haulage permit that allows it to be used to convey petroleum products. He added that at the end of the investigations, the suspects would be charged to a court of competent jurisdiction for diligent prosecution.

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