A combined team of anti-vandals, armed squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kogi State Command have arrested seven suspects for allegedly siphoning and trading diesel meant for Dangote Cement Company, Obajana.
The suspects were caught selling diesels from their trucks to illegal dealers.
The seven suspects, who were paraded by the Kogi State Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Commandant Ayodele Philip, were arrested in Osara Adavi Local Government area as they made attempt to evade arrest but were quickly overpowered by the gallant men of the NSCDC, who had placed them on surveillance for weeks.
Commandant Ayodele told newsmen that one of the suspects, who drove one of the trucks with registration number TWD 212 XA, was arrested while siphoning diesels into two 25 litres jericans alongside two of his motor boys.
This, according to the commandant led to the black marketers throwing stones on the NSCDC officials, thus disrupting their operations on the said date they raided their hideout for the illegal deal.
Other six suspects arrested according to the NSCDC boss was based on information from the management of Dangote Cement Company Obajana that there was illegal siphoning of the company diesel to dealers at truck park in Osara in which the command immediately swung into action.
“Men and Women within the park and the community suspected to be directly involved in the act were aiding and abetting the suspects. They also threw stones at our officers who raided the area,” the Commandant added.
Items recovered from the suspects were 28 numbers of 25 liters jericans with content, 18 drums with content, 67 empty jericans, 40 empty drums, 11 funnels and eight hose.
The commandant, while sounding a note of warning for others to desist from such act, maintained that the seven suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.