8 il­le­gal re­finer­ies de­stroyed in Edo

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Com­man­dant, Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fense Corps (NSCDC) in Edo State, Wal­ter Akubuiroh, said the corps has de­stroyed eight il­le­gal re­finer­ies and seized a to­tal of 53,640 litres of adul­ter­ated Au­to­mo­tive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as diesel be­tween May and June.

The com­man­dant, who dis­closed this on Mon­day in Benin while brief­ing jour­nal­ists, said nine sus­pects were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

He ex­plained that the eight il­le­gal re­finer­ies de­stroyed were lo­cated at Obaza­g­bon, near Ehor in Uhu­wode Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Edo State.

Akubuiroh said the AGO was con­cealed in 21 drums of 20 litres each, nine jerry cans of 20 litres and 432 jerry cans of 20 litres as well as 45,000 litres tanker with reg­is­tra­tion No. AWK 844 XJ. He said the jerry cans were be­ing con­veyed by five J5 buses when they were ar­rested.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sus­pects and they would be charged to court as soon as in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­cluded. We are sur­prised by the ac­tiv­i­ties of these peo­ple, be­cause the more we de­stroy the il­le­gal re­finer­ies, the more they go back to their il­le­gal busi­ness.

“We are not afraid of them, we would fight them to sub­mis­sion,” he said.

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