By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State Command have arrested eight suspects in connection with illegal dealings in petroleum products suspected to be adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
The Command paraded the suspect on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital
While parading the suspects, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Dr Hammed Abodunrin said the suspects were apprehended sequel to a tip-off after which the Antivandal Squad of the Command mounted surveillance across the waterways in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
“Based on sustained and credible intelligence, our Antivandal Squad got a wind of some illegal dealers in petroleum products and swung into action monitoring the waterways for about two weeks.
“However, luck ran out of them as they were sighted and arrested along Abereke area,” he said.
The suspects, who admitted the crime said that they loaded their boats and took off from Delta State.
They confessed that they were contracted by one Mr Adeyemi Ogunkade who handed over to them four boats loaded with diesel.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd boats were loaded with 40drums of 200litres each while the 4th boat conveyed 36 drums of 200litres which totalled 39,200litres of adulterated automotive gas oil.
Abodunrin stressed that the Command will continue to fight the menace of vandalism and illegal dealings in petroleum products.
He added that the Suspects would be appropriately charged to court at the conclusion of Investigation.