Two persons have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ekiti state with adulterated Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, loaded in a trailer with 15,000 litres.
The suspects,Olagunju Mukaila, the driver, Male 40 years and Olanrewaju Lukman, Motor boy, Male 39 years were arrested in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State with fake waybill and other counterfeit letter head papers of oil companies from Warri,Delta State around 7:20 hours on Friday June 1, 2018.
The new Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Ekiti State, Mr. Solomon Iyamu disclosed this yesterday while parading the suspects in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital.
According to the NSCDC commandant,the arrest were made following intelligent report from the officers on the field and men of the anti-vandal squad, the command launched a hunt on the trailer loaded with the 15,000 litres of adulterated AGO believed to have been refined locally from the creek.
Commandant Iyamu, while parading the suspects in front of newsmen at the headquarters of the NSCDC in Ekiti State along Ado/Afao road, said upon investigation, it was reliably gathered that the owner of the adulterated AGO, popularly called Diesel refused to show up and probably on the run for now, knowing the weight of the offence.
The NSCDC noted: “a sample tested from the product showed that it is below the standard specified by DPR, saying such a case is an economic sabotage which attracts stiffer penalties and such act will not be condoled by NSCDC”
Iyamu pointed out that, the case will be transferred to a competent court of jurisdiction by the corps after the conclusion of the investigation”
While warning for all to maintain law and order during the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Iyamu said the command is fully prepared for the election.
He called on politicians to play the game according to the rule, urging them to be law abiding and for politicians to shun “a do-or-die” politics, adding that anybody who behave in any criminal manner, the law would take its course, adding nobody is above the laws of the land.
He posited that “there would be deployment of NSCDC personnel to beef up security to protect lives and property before, during and after the election.
The two suspects while speaking with newsmen denied knowing the true state of the content of the AGO if it’s illegal or legal, saying they were contacted to carry the content to a location in Ekiti State.
The particulars of the DAF truck have registration numbers Ondo KTP – 189 – XA, with the name Segun Akindasa, on the driving license.