No fewer than 33,000 liters of adulterated diesel have been impounded by the National Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Calabar – Cross River State, after arresting a driver conveying the product.
Addressing the Press on the development, Commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Danjuma Elisha, stated that a suspect identified as Mansur Mohammed had been arrested by officials of the agency over illegal possession of the product.
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In his speech, Elisha stated that the driver was apprehended around Technical Junction in Calabar after it was discovered that he was not in possession of legal documents to carry out operations in the oil sector. In addition to this, there was the suspicion that the content of the truck was Automotive Gas Oil that was adulterated.
Speaking emphatically, the NSCDC pointed out that such an act was not in line with stipulated laws and policies guiding the Nigerian oil and gas sector. He described it as an “economic sabotage,” and encouraged people to only indulge in business practices recognized by the law.
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Elisha disclosed that the issue had been presented to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in adherence to due process. According to him, the DPR had commenced forensic evaluation of the content. If results of the analysis show that the suspect was involved in illegal practices, he would be persecuted according to the law, serving as warning to other people who may want to toe his line.
The suspect has been stopped on the way to Yola, Adamawa
The Commandant, who is a week into the office, reiterated the commitment of the agency to protect various government infrastructures established in the state. He asked for the support of residents of the state in achieving that mission.
Driver of the truck, Muhammed, said that he bought the content from dealers by the road side without having legal documents. He also disclosed that he was on his way to supply the content in Yola, Adamawa State.