Commandant Joachim Okafor (centre) and other during the raid
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Niger Command apprehends four individuals for operating an illicit refinery, allegedly producing Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) in Tafa Local Government Area of the state.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Minna by Superintendent of Corps (SC), Nasir Abdullahi, Civil Defence Public Relations Officer (CDPRO) in the state.
According to the statement, “with a renewed vigour, the anti-vandal squad of the command, through credible intelligence, arrested the suspects at Sabon Wuse area of Tafa local government area of Niger State for their alleged involvement and illegal dealings in petroleum products.
“Based on the available intelligence, our anti-vandal squad swung into action and four suspects operating an oil dump site were arrested. On the site we met their production gadgets and materials used for mixing LPFO.
“From the confessional statements volunteered by the suspects, they confirmed that they operate an oil dump site where LPFO, popularly known as black oil, is being adulterated by mixing condemned oil, crude oil and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to finally produce LPFO”.
Commandant Joachim Okafor, the State Commandant, NSCDC, said the first suspects, Abdullahi Musa, male, 45, who hails from Jigawa State, is into sale of adulterated oil (black oil) to customers who buy and use without knowing the oil could damage their engines.
He said that the second suspect, Hussein Sulaiman, male, 25, from Nassarawa State, worked as apprentice under Abubakar Saidu (owner of the dump site), who is at large and would have been the fifth suspect.
The Commandant said that third suspect, one Murtala Mohammed, male, 37, who hails from Kano State, does business in gas and petrol, while the fourth suspect was Mohammed Sanusi, male, 35, from Kano State and trades in engine oil, petrol and gas.
He disclosed that during the recent arrest the four suspects were caught pouring about three drums of crude oil in a carved concrete container in preparation for mixing to produce LPFO.
Okafor also said that an apartment used for soap production was also sighted with many drums and chemicals in the illegal facility.
“During the arrest, the suspects could not produce any license of operation hence they have been operating illegally, making the public to buy adulterated products,” he said.
He said that a thorough investigation would be carried out to ascertain the level of involvement of the suspects after which they would be appropriately charged to Court.
The Commandant advised the public to engage in meaningful businesses rather than risk being caught engaging in any act of economic sabotage because whoever is apprehended would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
NAN recalls that Okafor upon assumption of duty as the 16th Commandant of the corps recently affirmed that the command under his watch would work assiduously to effectively prosecute the mandate of the NSCDC without compromise.