8 Tanker Drivers Arrested For Transporting Fake Diesel

Eight tanker drivers have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly lifting and transporting suspected illegally refined diesel out of Rivers.

The NSCDC Commandant in Rivers, Abu Tambuwal, revealed this in a statement released on Friday in Port Harcourt by the command’s spokesman, DSC Olufemi Ayodele.

Before being captured, Tambuwal said the suspects utilized falsified paperwork to distribute contaminated fuel products to motorists across the country. Prayers for the Day

“The trucks were intercepted while on transit out of Rivers with petroleum products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (diesel).

“The suspects and their trucks were impounded along Mbiama, a border town between Bayelsa and Delta states.

“Preliminary investigation reveals the suspects presented fake documents that enabled them to beat several security checkpoints along the road.

“They succeeded until they were apprehended by the Anti-vandal Squad of NSCDC Rivers Command,” he said.

Tambuwal said the arrests and seizures were made possible following a tip-off that led to the trailing of the suspects and trucks for over three weeks.

He alleged that the suspects used an already executed Court Auction Order to move trucks loaded with illegally refined petroleum products.

“We will not relent in our commitment to rid the state of all acts of illegal dealings in petroleum products, including oil theft and illegal oil bunkering.

“Operatives have been deployed across all 23 Local Government Areas of the state, and so, it will no longer be business as usual,” he said.

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