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NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Refinery, Arrests 12 Suspects in Abia



The Abia Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has arrested 12 alleged pipeline vandals in Obiakpo Obuzo Asa in Ukwa West Local Government Area.

NSCDC’s Spokesperson, ASC II Doreen Udugwu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Umuahia and made available to newsmen on Monday.

Udugwu stated that operatives of the command successfully dismantled a syndicate, allegedly operating illegal refineries in the state.

She added that the operation was carried out in collaboration with the Commandant-General’s Special Intelligence Squad.

According to her, the raid uncovered a vast network of illegal refineries, cleverly hidden in the forest of Obiakpo Obuzo Asa Community.

She explained that large quantities of crude oil, allegedly tapped from a vandalised nearby pipeline, were uncovered.

“Also, large quantities of petroleum products in various stages of processing were seized during the operation,” she stated.

Udugwu also stated that the leader of the team, SC Jamilu Aliyu, had announced that 12 suspects were apprehended at the scene of the illegal activity.

“Further investigations are ongoing to identify and apprehend all individuals involved in this criminal enterprise, which poses a serious threat to the nation’s economy,” the statement added.

It quoted the State Commandant, Usman Alfadarai, to have reaffirmed the commitment of the corps “to root out criminal elements from Abia and beyond.

“He warned all criminal elements operating within the state to desist from illegal activities or face the full wrath of the law,” the statement added. (NAN)

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