1 February 2013

Nigeria: NSCDC Arrests Four Over Fuel Adulteration

Osogbo — The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Osun State Command has arrested four men suspected to be involved in adulteration and diversion of petroleum products.

Two of the suspects, Agboola Abiodun and Oyedeji Abiodun, who were arrested at Omo West area of Osogbo, the state capital, were alleged to have been involved in adulteration of diesel with kerosene which they sell to unsuspecting members of the public.

A statement signed by the command's Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ayodele Olowe in Osogbo, yesterday, said the "suspects were nabbed while siphoning the adulterated diesel into a truck with number plate Lagos XW 321 EKY, while the driver of the truck took to his heels on sighting our men."

Twenty-eight kegs containing 1000 litres of kerosene,12 kegs containing 300 litres of adulterated diesel, two pumping machines and a long hose were recovered from the scene of the crime.

Also, two other suspects, Tolawo Kehinde and Kareem Taju were arrested at Oduduwa University junction in Ile-Ife with a truck carrying 10, 000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be adulterated diesel.

The suspects, who were driving a truck with registration number XD 464 MAP, claimed to have loaded the petroleum product from a private depot in Lagos.

They were suspected to have diverted the suspected adulterated product from Ibadan and were heading to Akure before nemesis caught up with them and may be charged with improper documentation, diversion of petroleum product and trafficking in adulterated product.

The two trucks have been impounded while the suspects will be arraigned in court at the end of

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