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15,000 litres of adulterated diesel intercepted in Imo

(L-R) The suspected adulterated diesel packaged in polythene bags, and the suspects arrested by the NSCDC. Photo: Chinazo Ilechukwu

A truck with about 15,000 litres of diesel (automotive gas oil) suspected to be adulterated has been intercepted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Imo State.

At NSCDC Command headquarters in Owerri, State Commandant, Mathew Ovye, told the press that the product, which was bagged in specialised polythene bags and concealed with sawdust, was on transit from Rivers to Enugu states.

According to the commandant, personnel of the corps, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the truck in Owerri, and on searching the consignment, discovered that the automotive gas oil, believed to be a product of illegal refinery, was contaminated.

Three persons have been arrested in connection with the crime, Mr Ovye said.

“After our investigation, we charge them to court for prosecution,” he said.

One of the suspects, Samuel Nnanna, who pleaded for leniency, said he and the driver of the vehicle were directed by the owner of the truck to convey the product from Port Harcourt to Enugu.

Barely one month ago, the Imo State Command of the NSCDC intercepted seven trucks conveying automotive gas oil from Port Harcourt en-route Abuja, Anambra and Niger states.  

Reporting by Chinazo Ilechukwu; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor