The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has arrested three suspects for allegedly concealing Automotive Gas Oil popularly called diesel in nylon bags.
One of the suspects, Irekpita Ezekiel, a driver, was arrested on July 21, 2023, at the East-West Road, Patani when operatives intercepted his white Ford van with number plate KRD786YE.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Anthony Uchenna said in a statement;
“On July 21, 2023, the anti-vandal team on routine patrol at East-West Road, Patani Delta State, intercepted a white Ford van with number plate KRD786YE and the driver, Irekpita Ezekiel.
“The driver said that he was carrying waybills of red oil from Water Land, Izuru Park, Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Lagos State.
“When we searched the jerry cans, we discovered another level of concealment and smuggling of AGO in the name of red oil.
“The syndicate bagged AGO in nylon bags inside the jerry cans, cut a plastic bottle in half and forced it into each of the jerry cans and poured red oil on the plastic bottle and covered it to beat security.
“The driver was arrested and moved to our base in Patani, Delta State. There were 45 jerry cans each of 25 litres capacity.”
With the help of the Lagos State Command of the NSCDC and a logistics company who are owners of the vehicle he was driving, two of the receivers were arrested in Lagos on July 22, 2023, and were transferred to the Delta State command on July 23.