16,000 liters of stolen petroleum products have been seized by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River.
The majority of the stolen goods, known as automotive gas oil or diesel, were reportedly buried in drums and gallons at trailer parks throughout the state, according to Mr. Samuel Fadeyi, commandant of the state’s NSCDC.
The search was required, according to Fadeyi, who told reporters on Monday in Calabar as he examined the petroleum products that had been confiscated, after receiving a warning from the NSCDC Commandant General that some illicit activities were taking place in parks.
He claims that when they visited trailer parks in Cross River; they found that hawkers had hidden and stashed a lot of petroleum goods in drums.
“Within the last two weeks, we have impounded about 16,000 litres of AGO from different spots in the state.
“Some of the places we went to, we met a lot of hostilities, so we make sure that we destroy the capacity of the perpetrators from continuing in the business and quickly exit the area to avoid human casualties.
“Some of these hawkers work like cartels. Once they see security officials, they attack and escape, but we make sure we impound the products,” he said.
Fadeyi went on to say that he had requested a meeting with the unions and the leadership of the parks due to the harm the hawkers’ acts were doing to their reputations.
He said that the operation wasn’t a witch hunt but rather aimed at sending a strong message due to the hawkers’ detrimental effects on the environment and the nation’s economy through smuggling and adulteration.
He applauded Sector 4 of Operation Delta Safe and the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory for cooperating with the corps throughout the operation to seize and apprehend petroleum product traffickers traveling from Nigeria to Cameroon.