February 14, 2014

Army destroys truck-load of illegally refined fuel

Benin – The 4 Brigade Nigerian Army, Benin, on Thursday destroyed a truck load of suspected illegally refined Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol.

The brigade said this in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Capt. Abubakar Abdullahi, and made available to Journalists in Benin on Friday.

Abdullahi said the destruction was part of the brigade’s effort to check illegal oil bunkering in the state.

He said that the Army patrol troop intercepted the truck in January on Sepele bye-pass in Benin.

“And we set the truck ablaze on Thursday after a laboratory test confirmed the substance is contaminated PMS emanating from illegal refining facility.

“The exercise of destroying the truck is aimed at sending a clear warning to all those involved in illegal oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism to desist from such illegal venture before they are apprehended by our troops,’’ it warned. (NAN)