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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

NSCDC nab trucks with 469,000 litres of petrol en route Benin Republic.

Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) yesterday arrested eight trucks laden with a total of 469,000 litres of petrol and their drivers in Mokwa, Niger State, on their way to Babana, a border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin.

According to the Niger State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Yakubu Ayuba, who briefed the press in Minna on Wednesday, six of the trucks belong to one marketer.

He also disclosed that two of the trucks contained 66,000 litres, twice the quantity contained in a normal truck.

Comptroller of Operations, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Engr. Abdillahi Isa, said only one truck out of the eight had a genuine waybill to a recognized station in Babana.

He said the owners of the other trucks would have to explain their mission and destinations, stressing that if it was established that they were involved in products diversion, they would pay a fine of N200 per litre to the government.

The drivers of the trucks are currently in custody at the Minna Command of the NSCDC and will be soon be charged to court for prosecution.