The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun State Command has impounded 88 sacks of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The Ogun NSCDC which impounded the product at Akere, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State added that it took the step in an effort to deter oil thieves from the nation’s pipelines, and rivers, among others.
The disclosure was made by David Ojelabi, the Ogun NSCDC Commandant in a chat with journalists on Tuesday in Abeokuta.
Ojelabi revealed that the sacks of PMS which contained approximately 120 litres each were seized on the Akere Waterways from suspected oil thieves who are currently at large.
"According to the findings made by a team of intelligence officers of the Corps upon the arrest of these oil thieves, the arrested PMS is always being jetted out to the Republic of Benin.
"On investigation, it was revealed that the stolen PMS are gotten from Isalu, around Lagos State via the waterways and each time this arrest is made the perpetrators are always at large via the waterways," he said.
The State Commandant, David Ojelabi noted that the Corps in the state will ensure constant discouragement of these acts.
He also warned the general public against these acts of sabotage and vowed to ensure that the full extent of the law is extended to anyone caught perpetrating these heinous crimes.
“I will put all my trajectories and compasses to ensure these illegal activities do not become businesses as usual.
“I will report appropriately to the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Headquarters, Abuja, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, PhD, mni, OFR, on the recurring activities of these waterway vandals and the need for high-speed jetties to further improve the operational capacity of the personnel, he added.
He also warned other conspirators to desist from any act capable of making them liable for crimes relating to sabotage of government assets and infrastructure across all parts of the state.
Commandant Ojelabi also sought the cooperation and support of well-meaning Nigerians with accurate intelligence and information that will further enhance the responsiveness to security for the betterment of all and promised to ensure people-centred security and welfare for the people of the state as these are the major hallmarks of security agencies anywhere in the world.
Meanwhile, Commandant Ojelabi also strongly vowed to work assiduously with other sister security agencies in the state.
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