IGP reads riot act to illegal petroleum refiners, bunkerers

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, Thursday declared that criminal elements engaged in illegal bunkering and refining of oil products would be severely sanctioned.

Baba also charged members of the special team set up to monitor, investigate and apprehend purveyors of such crimes to renew their offensive against crimes and criminality.

The IGP added that the special team should professionally shun all manners of corruption so that offenders would face the full wrath of the law.

The FPRO, Olumuyiwa Adejobi who stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja averred said such illegalities are capable of sabotaging the economy of the country.

Part of the statement reads, “The IGP stated this while commending the IGP Task Force on the interception of a seagoing 12-compartments barge known as “Rainbow-I” with Registration No. 8765432 laden with about three hundred and fifty thousand litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) reasonably suspected to be illegally refined, and the arrest of four suspects, by the Inspector-General of Police Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB) on 10th June 2021 at Slaughter Area of Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt.

“Preliminary investigations as well as analysis carried out on the samples by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority based in Port Harcourt, confirm that the product is adulterated, and therefore unfit for sale to the public.

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“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, warns all economic saboteurs to cease forthwith their criminal activities else the long arm of the law will catch up with them. The IGP equally tasked personnel of the IGP-STFPIB to be steadfast in discharging their responsibilities”.

However, Olumuyiwa said all suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.

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