The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Ondo State Command has apprehended eight members of a cartel that specializes in pipeline destruction and illicit bunkering.
The suspects were apprehended at Olowo community in the state’s Odigbo Local Government Area, according to the command’s spokesperson, Mr Daniel Aidamenbor.
According to Aidamenbor, the syndicate in Olowo “specializes in destruction of petroleum pipelines, illegal bunkering activities, deals in illicit contaminated petroleum products, and managing illegal dump/storage facilities.”
He added that they would be charged to court at the end of investigation. The statement read;
“Eight suspects were arrested at the scene loading the suspected adulterated products into the storage. A black Toyota Sequoia with registration number, Lagos APP 134 DX, loaded with 70 kegs of 25 litres of adulterated automated gas oil (diesel), 28 kegs of 25 litres each of suspected adulterated AGO were moved from the crime scene.
“Others are two storage tanks with 3500 litres of adulterated AGO each. Underground storage tanks with four compartments were also discovered at the crime scene. The first compartment was empty, the second compartment had 2,800 litres, the third compartment contained 1,500 litres while the fourth compartment had 16,500 litres of adulterated AGO.”