Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo state have discovered and dismantled an illegal diesel Depot in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area in Ondo State.
A total of 37, 000 litres of refined diesel were seized at the depot.
The depot is being used as storage base after engaging in oil pipeline vandalism on the highsea and the creeks in the Niger Delta region.
According to a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSC. Olufemi Omole, said operation was led by the State Commandant of NSCDC, Edenabu Douglas Eweka.
The commandant said the discovery was made possible through sustained and credible Intelligence.
According to him, the operators of the illegal depot ran away when they sighted operatives of the command.
He said, ” some criminal elements and saboteurs used the arena as a storage base after engaging in oil pipeline Vandalism on the highsea and the creeks in the Niger Delta region. 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
“This unscrupulous elements would defiantly proceed by conveying the products using Buses, Jeeps and Cars to where it would finally be stored in the Surface Tanks located in Ore Town.
“Investigation further revealed that Ore Town in Ondo State is fast becoming the Headquarters of AGO illegal Surface Depot in the South west; most Tankers do load adulterated AGO via Surface Tanks and thus distribute for Sales across Nigeria. Around 12:45am on the said date the Command Antivandal Squad tactically invaded the scene of the crime, the Suspects however ran off on sighting our men due to the fact that they were acquainted with the terrain”.
Some of the exhibits recovered from the scene are: a Toyota Sequoia Jeep, a Toyota Camry Car, One Pumping Machine, two (2) Industrial Hose Pipes, 70 Kegs of 30 litres AGO and 35,000 litres of suspected adulterated Automated Gas Oil (AGO).
The NSCDC boss issued a stern warning against perpetrators of Illegal dealings in Petroleum products, Oil pipeline Vandals and destroyers of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure to Stop the illegitimate and economic Sabotage towards the Government or face the full wrath of the Law.