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NSCDC arrests 18 suspected vandals, impounds two tankers in Akwa Ibom

The commandant said during the period under review, the command arrested 12 suspected vandals of high tension electric cables and Nigeria Telecommunication equipment. He said six suspects were arrested on December 2 while trying to discharge adulterated kerosene at an illegal filling station at Ikot Ekpene Area of the state.

He said the suspects had been in the unlawful business for sometime before luck ran out on them last on December 2. He said the owner of the Mercedes Benz was at large, adding that the command was making efforts to track him to face the wrath of the law.

Illegally refined diesel is transported to market

The NSCDC Commandant, Pedro Ideba, made this known when he briefed journalists of the activities of the command in Uyo on Saturday.

“In the course of our investigation, we discovered that even a seal that suppose to be used only by the depot officers after loading the product to prevent adulteration were in their possession,’’ Mr. Ideba said.

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it arrested 18 suspected vandals in Akwa Ibom.

The civil defence cautioned Nigerians to be wary of adulterated fuel.


“They adulterated the tanker load of kerosene with chemicals and changed it to diesel in the process, we monitored their activities and clamped on them and arrested them.

“During the arrest, through intelligence report, these tankers were loaded with kerosene (DPK) products from Calabar depot, and supposed to discharge at Uyo, but rather went to the above filling station.

Mr. Ideba said the NSCDC in the state impounded two tankers and a Mercedez Benz vehicle laden with adulterated petroleum product.

The commandant said the hydrometer used in measuring the quality standard of petroleum products were also found with the suspects.

“On Monday, December 2, 2013, the command arrested six suspects, two tankers, one Mercedes Benz and two motor cycles with other equipment at a filling station in Ibiakpan in Ikot Ekpene.

The commandant reiterated the NSCDC resolve to stamp out oil bunkering and clamp down on those involved in the adulteration of petroleum products in the state. He advised the people to avoid using adulterated product, especially during the dry season saying, “the product is highly inflammable’’.

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