Security Operatives Uncover Illegal Oil Refinery in Lagos, Arrest 19 Suspects

 
Alt: = "illegal oil refinery site"

Not less than 19 suspected vandals have been arrested in an illegal refinery site in the Ikeja of Lagos State by the operatives of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps in Lagos State Command.

The CG Special Intelligence Squad, on Monday stormed Etal Avenue at Oregun, Ikeja, where it burst an illegal oil storage site, where Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) was being refined

The spokesperson of the NSCDC, Abolurin Olumide in statement on Tuesday said the operatives acted on credible intelligence that led to the arrest of the suspects.

Recovered from the suspects are: trucks, buses, cars, cash, and other machines.

”The CG Special Intelligence Squad, upon  bursting the illegal oil site, where it was discovered that petroleum products were being illegally stored and refined, as well discovered and arrested the following persons and items:

(i) Nineteen (19) suspects; Eighteen (18) male and one (1) female,

(ii) Eighty-one (81) trucks,

(iii) Nine (9) buses,

(iv) Twelve (12) pumping machines,

(v) Twenty-five (25) surface tanks,

(vi) One hundred and forty (140) drums containing illegally refined (AGO)

(vii) Fifteen (15) generators and

(viii) four million (4,000,000) naira in cash was found in a car suspected to belong to the syndicate.

“The squad was immediately re-enforced by the Anti-vandal team of the Lagos State Command, on the swift orders of the Commandant, NSCDC, Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Edenabu Douglas who clinically directed that the arrested suspects be brought for adequate interrogation and investigation, in the Intelligence and Investigation (INT) Department, at the State Command Headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, before further legal action will be taken on the matter.”

The statement further explained that the anti-vandal unit of the command had been directed to take full charge of the illegal oil site and forestall any further unlawful activity by the economic saboteurs.

He warned oil thieves in the state to desist from the inimical act capable of sabotaging the nation's economy “with the disturbing untoward experiences it could bring upon the ordinary citizens of our nation.”


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