NSCDC Impounds 4,200 Litres Of Petrol In Ogun, Vows more Clampdown on Criminal Activities

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ogun State Command said on Monday that it seized illegal barrels of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) of about 4,200 litres from Smugglers in Akere, Ipokia Local Government

NSCDC State Commander, Mr Idowu Ojelabi, in a statement disclosed how a swift operation following credible Intelligence from members of the public, helped to intercept the smugglers’ bunkering operation in the region

The NSCDC Marine team had set up an ambush for the suspects and patrolled the area for two days before seeing the suspects. They were about to smuggle the illegal products into Benin Republic.

According to the report “On February 8, 2024, at about 0945hrs, the Marine unit of the NSCDC, Ogun Command attached to the Akere creek in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State intercepted a boat convening a series of sacks suspected to be PMS numbering up to 42 sacks and eight kegs fully loaded with the product at the Akere waterways within Nigeria and Benin border.

“The products were illegally transported towards the Benin Republic. On sighting the NSCDC marine officers’ patrol team, the captain of the boat conveying the PMS dived into the river and swam across.”

He added that each of the sack is believed to contain about 100 litres of PMS and amounts to about 4,200 litres.

“This runs to some millions of naira in market value. If this goes back to the purse of the Federal Government, the nation will be economically balanced and stable for all of us to benefit even from the dividends.

“These seized items, if recycled back in Nigeria, the citizens will have enough PMS to buy but when they are smuggled abroad, it will pose a negative impact on the nation’s economy. He said

While he harped on the proliferation of several criminal activities, Ojelabi vowed that the security outfit will not relent until the state is free from all forms of criminality

“Wherever they are, we have a robust relationship with the public through our civil-military relationship and we are sure to get the right information from the public.

“Very soon, the suspects behind these seized items will be apprehended” he said.

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