By Tola Gbadamosi
The Anti-vandal and Intelligence Squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) Ondo State Command has uncovered an illegal Surface Automative oil depot in Ore, Odigbo Local Government area.
The Hope Metro gathered that the suspects took to their heels on sighting men of the NSCDC.
According to report, some of the exhibits recovered from the scene are: a Toyota Sequoia Jeep, a Toyota Camry car, One pumping machine, two industrial hose pipes, 70 kegs of 30 litres AGO and 35,000 litres of suspected adulterated Automated Gas Oil (AGO).
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Edenabu Douglas Eweka, in a statement said: “Some criminal elements and economic saboteurs used the arena as a storage base after engaging in oil pipeline vandalism on the high sea and the creeks in the Niger Delta region.
“Hence, they transport the illegally refined products through badges and boats to the Coastal areas of Ondo State mostly Agadagba, Ijaw, Ido Osun and the likes.
“Consequently, this unscrupulous elements would defiantly proceed by conveying the products using buses, jeeps and cars to where it would finally be stored in surface tanks located in Ore town.
“Our investigation further revealed that Ore is fast becoming the headquarters of AGO illegal Surface Depot in the South west; where most tankers do load adulterated AGO via Surface Tanks and thus distribute for sales across Nigeria.
“Our dexterity to carry the mandate of the Corps the Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi vision of zero tolerance for vandalism and destruction of critical national assets and infrastructure has made it possible.
“Recall that the NSCDC is statutorily empowered to arrest with or without warrant, investigate and prosecute in the law court person or group of persons found to have committed any criminal acts leading to economic sabotage, vandalism, illegal and unauthorized dealings in Petroleum products amongst others.
“Our Antivandal Unit intelligent are all out to dislodge and discontinue the demand zone of Oil bunkerers and vandals, knowing fully well that where there are no demands, automatically the supply channel will be incapacitated.
The NSCDC boss assured that, the Command will continue to work relentlessly and assiduously to combat and eradicate all forms of criminalities in the state.
He, therefore warned all perpetrators of illegal dealings in Petroleum products, Oil pipeline vandals and destroyers of Critical National Assets and Infrastructures to stop the illegitimate and economic sabotage towards the government or face the full wrath of the Law.