The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Cmand, has announced the seizure of about 55,000 litres of illegally refined diesel in the state.
Ayuba Phillip, NSCDC Commandant in Bayelsa, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa on Monday.
He said that the seizure followed an intensified clampdown on oil theft and other illegal activities in the state, adding, “the command has stepped up operations in the state’
The NSCDC official, who said that corps arrested four suspected oil thieves in the course of its operations, urged the public to avail the corps of vital information that would help it fight illegal oil activities and other criminalities.
“We are determined to stamp out the sabotage and vandalism of critical oil infrastructure in line with the mandate of the NSCDC.
“We shall not tolerate any breach on critical national assets and we are prepared to deal decisively with pipeline vandals and illegal refinery operators,” he said.
Phillip further said that oil theft was serious economic sabotage, which must be stamped out by all means.
He said “In one of our operations, a Toyota Camry loaded with waterproof bags filled with adulterated diesel was seized, the car and the products are in our custody.
“Officers of our command on a routine patrol operation also arrested a truckload of illegally refined diesel within the period under review,” he said.