In 2022, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Cross River Command, impounded eight trucks laden with quantities of suspected illegal petroleum products in the state.
Commandant of NSCDC in Cross River, Mr. Samuel Fadeyi, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while narrating his achievements in office in 2022 on Sunday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, South-South Nigerisa.
Fadeyi explained that over 10 suspects were arrested in connection with the crime during the period under review.
The trucks, according to him, allegedly, were intercepted conveying quantities of premium motor spirit (PMS), commonly referred to as petrol, and suspected adulterated diesel.
He said that the cases were charged to court in line with the mandate of the NSCDC.
Fadeyi explained that the NSCDC has the mandate of providing protection to Federal, state and local governments infrastructure, including petroleum products, energy and telecommunications facilities nationwide.
In his words: “In the year 2022, we impounded eight trucks conveying suspected adulterated petroleum products and we arrested over 10 suspects.
“The trucks were conveying premium motor spirit and suspected adulterated diesel.
“We also arrested 13 suspects for vandalising the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company cables and other facilities.
“Also in 2022, we arrested some suspects for attempting to vandalise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline at Esuk Utan community in Calabar Municipality.
“During the period under review, NSCDC officials were also involved in rescue operations of most kidnapped cases in the state.”
On capacity building, the NSCDC Cross River chief said that over 25 officers were trained on Safe School Initiative which was geared towards the protection of secondary schools against insecurity.
Similarly, he said that the command trained all divisional officers in the state and over 30 desk officers on gender-based violence.
“Also in 2022, we launched Operation Flush on trailer parks in the state in line with the Commandant-General’s directive to flush out illegal bunkers in the state.
“The teams carried out raids in various trailer parks in Biase, Akamkpa, Calabar South and Municipal local government areas which led to the discovery and destruction of adulterated petroleum product.
“During the period under review, the private guard department monitored, supervised, trained and inspected some private guards companies in the state at their various beats.
“The department aided the internally generated revenue of the Federal Government arising from license issuance and renewals with about N5million despite the lull in the industry in the state,” Fadeyi said.
He gave assurance that the command under his leadership would continue to employ new strategies targeted towards crime prevention and control in the state.
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