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Security Operatives Raid Oil Thieves In Calabar, Recover Adulterated Crude.

The Cross River State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Wednesday arrested seven suspected oil thieves with over 200 drums of adulterated crude worth over N10m.

The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Stephen Lar, at the Jebbs area in Calabar South, said the arrest was made following intelligence report.

He said the command had declared zero tolerance for illegal oil bunkering in the state, adding that the suspects would be prosecuted.

Lar said, “In keeping with our core mandate of protecting Nigeria’s critical national asset, particularly the oil sector, we carried out an operation this morning (Wednesday) following a tip-off.

“This channel is being used in taking illegal bunkering product into the town. We came here and found out that they were illegally transporting adulterated petroleum product through this channel.

“We were able to recover 200 drums of adulterated crude and we arrested seven suspects. Some of the suspects escaped and we are trailing them.

“Cross River State has no pipeline, but it is a route for oil thieves. When they have gone to other places to carry out illegal activities, they pass through Cross River.”

The commandant said the NSCDC was determined to ensure that the route was no longer used by bunkerers.

He further said the act portended a serious danger to the country’s economy, expressing dissatisfaction with individuals who created artificial refinery to refine the adulterated product.

“This type of product causes a lot of damage to our vehicles and engines. We must continue to monitor this route in order to prevent all forms of illegality.

“We shall not relent in our effort in making sure that criminality on the maritime sector is stopped. We are also working with the Nigerian Navy to ensure a safer maritime domain,” he added.

The commandant warned those involved in the illegal act to desist, adding that the command had operatives everywhere to arrest them.


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