The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in a bid to curb illegal dealings on Petroleum products have set up a team to identify unapproved dumps sites in Rivers State.
NSCDC also disclosed that it has seized 56 gallons of adulterated Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, (diesel) from illegal dumps in the state.
Speaking, the State Commandant, NSCDC, Muktar Lawal, said the move was to avert a disaster waiting to happen, noting that he has constituted a special anti-vandal team to identify illegal dumps across the state.
Lawal said: “At about 1500hrs on Tuesday, 19th January 2021, the anti-vandal team of the command arrested a suspect by name Mr. Ezike Shoke with a Volkswagen Jetta car loaded with suspected illegally refined AGO.
The State Commandant, NSCDC said “The illegal dump where the suspected products were seized was situated at a residential area making it unacceptable and dangerous for the residence of the area due to the adverse health effects which in extreme cases results to death.
Other items seized at the crime scene include 57 empty gallons found at the crime scene. He added that investigation was ongoing to arrest all the operators of the dump, stating that they would be prosecuted.