Defence & Security

NSCDC busts illegal refineries, arrests two

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Commandant General’s Special Anti-Vandal Monitoring Unit (SAVMU) of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has busted five illegal refineries and arrested two suspected vandals during the operation at Obodo community Creek in Warri North, Delta State.

This was disclosed by the Director of Public Relations of NSCDC, DCC Olusola Odumosu, who added that illegal refineries usually produce and distribute adulterated petroleum products to unsuspecting users, thereby placing the public at risk.

Odumosu further stated that the operation followed credible intelligence on the illegal activities of the vandals and oil thieves in the area.

According to him, the Squad Commander, DCC Brah Umoru Samson, who led the operation, has assured Nigerians that the SAVMU will hunt down saboteurs and vandals while adding that the arrested suspects would be dealt with according to the law.

“The Commandant General’s Special Anti-Vandal Monitoring Unit (SAVMU) dislodged 5 illegal refineries at Obodo community Creek in Warri North, Delta State, where adulterated petroleum products were produced and distributed to unsuspecting users across the country.

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“The operation was carried out successfully following a tip off on the nefarious activities of vandals and oil thieves operating a very big camp with about 5 illegal refineries in the area.

“Two (2) suspects were nabbed during the operation while other collaborators remained at large. The intelligence report however, revealed that the site belongs to three individuals which consist of one woman and 2 other men currently in NSCDC custody and are volunteering information to assist in carrying out further investigation.

“The Squad Commander, DCC Brah Umoru Samson, who led the operation, assured Nigerians that the SAVMU will not condone any act of sabotage to the economy and therefore warned all illegal operators to engage in legitimate business that will not contravene the law or compromise the safety of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in the country.

“He reiterated that the arrested suspects will be prosecuted according to extant law and the Squad will ensure a total manhunt for those currently on the run. According to him, the illegal refineries and other equipment used for the illicit business has been destroyed, while investigation will be carried out with due diligence to unravel the other criminals connected to the crime for possible prosecution,” Odumosu said.

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