Eight men have been arrested and their two trucks loaded with substances suspected to be adulterated petroleum products impounded in Awka, Anambra State.
The state commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Comdt Isidore Chikere, Friday, told newsmen at the state command’s headquarters, Awka, that the suspects were arrested by the Anti-Vandalism Squad of the command.
According to him, on 5th October, 2022, at about 1930hrs, the command’s Anti-Vandalism Squad intercepted and arrested Ahmed Luka, ‘m’; Mohammed Sani, ‘m’; John Sari, ‘m’, and Ali Ahmed Jafara, all from Nasarawa State.
Chikere said the four were arrested at the Immigration Junction, Awka, while transporting 40,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum products in a truck with registeration number Nasarawa KRV 825 XB.
He added that, “On 6th October, 2022 at about 1300hrs, the command’s Anti-Vandalism Squad intercepted and arrested four other suspects: Jerry Agar, from Nasarawa State; Christian Atser, from Benue State; James Tersoo, from Benue State and Silas Motoko from Kwara State while transloading 40,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product from a truck with registeration number Bauchi BAU 595 XR at Umuokpu, Awka.”
He said the exhibits recovered from them were one hose and a pumping machine, adding that ‘samples of both trucks have been sent for further examination while investigations continue. If the suspects are found culpable, they will be charged to court’.
Comdt Chikere warned those engaging in the act to turn a new leaf or relocate outside the state.