By Augustine Ehikioya
To block leakage in the Nigerian economy, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Commandant General’s Special Anti-Vandal Monitoring Unit (SAVMU) has dislodged 5 illegal refineries in Delta South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The illegal refineries were involved in adulterating petroleum products, produce and distribute to unsuspecting users across the country.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Director Public Relations NSCDC NHQ, Abuja, DCC Olusola Odumosu, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It reads “The operation was carried out successfully following a tip off on the nefarious activities of vandals and oil thieves operating a very big camp with about 5 illegal refineries in the area.
“Two (2) suspects were nabbed during the operation while other collaborators remained at large. The intelligence report however, revealed that the site belongs to three individuals which consist of one woman and 2 other men currently in NSCDC custody and are volunteering information to assist in carrying out further investigation.
The Squad Commander, DCC Brah Umoru Samson, who led the operation, the statement said, assured Nigerians that the SAVMU will not condone any act of sabotage to the economy and therefore warned all illegal operators to engage in legitimate business that will not contravene the law or compromise the safety of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in the country.
He reiterated that the arrested suspects will “be prosecuted according to extant law and the Squad will ensure a total manhunt for those currently on the run.”
According to him, the illegal refineries and other equipment used for the illicit business has been destroyed, while investigation will be carried out with due diligence to unravel the other criminals connected to the crime for possible prosecution.