BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI — NIGERIA Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Ebonyi State, yesterday, arrested five persons suspected to be involved in the illegal diversion of kerosene.
Addressing newsmen at the command headquarters in Abakaliki, the Corps Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASC Emmanuel Nwali, stated that the suspects were arrested along
Abakaliki-Enugu expressway while heading towards Abakaliki metropolis to dispense the product.
He said the suspects were held for illegal dealing in petroleum product known as DPK, thereby committing an offence punishable under section 1(17) of the miscellaneous offences Act, CAP 17, laws of the federation 2004.
He noted: “Our Command raided the Abakaliki-Enugu expressway and arrested five persons and seized 4,530 litres of kerosene in 151 gallons of 30 litres each in their possession.”
And having arrested them, we have commenced investigation to ascertain their level of involvement in this illegality.
“One thing we have noticed is that the illegal dealing of petroleum products has caused the artificial scarcity of the product and has given room to adulteration of the product. This has led to the
destruction of most houses in the state.
“We want to alert the public to do us well by giving us relevant information that will help us get these perpetrators. If you are licensed for the business you will not be queried or arrested for anything.”
The suspects were James Eze, John Ikechukwu Eze, Gloria Eze, Ngozi Nwude, and Nwanyiocha.
It would be recalled that two months ago in Effium, Ohaukwu Local government area of the state, that two children lost their lives as a result of kerosene explosion in the area.