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Four suspects have been arrested by officers from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Niger State Command, in connection with an illegal petroleum refinery and the selling of contaminated petroleum in Sabon-Wuse, Tafa LGA, Niger.

Nasiru D. Abdullahi, the command’s spokesman, stated that the Anti-Vandal Squad uncovered the oil refinery, where dozens of drums of tainted petroleum products were combined and sold to vehicle owners.

The suspects have been named as Abdullahi Musa (45) of Jigawa State, Hussein Sulaiman (25) of Nasarawa State, Murtala Mohammed (37) and Mohammed Sanusi (35), also of Kano State.

During interrogation, the suspects were unable to provide a licence of operation. It was also reported that Joachin Okafor, the state commandant of the corps in Niger State, had declared a total war on any acts of vandalism against important national assets and infrastructure in the state.

The statement read;

“Based on the available intelligence, our Antivandal Squad swung into action and four suspects operating an oil dump site were arrested. On the site, we met their production gadgets and materials used for mixing Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO).

“From the confessional statements volunteered by the suspects; they confirmed that they operated an oil dump site where LPFO popularly known as Black oil is being adulterated by mixing condemned oil, crude oil and premium motor spirit to finally produce LPFO.”

It was also gathered that on the day of the arrest, the suspects were in the process of mixing three drums of crude oil using a concrete container. Findings by the corps revealed that many innocent motorists had bought the adulterated petroleum which could cause damage to vehicle engines.