The Ebonyi State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil defense Corps, NSCDC, Thursday arrested a couple (names withheld) who has been in the illegal business of diverting, hoarding and sales of petroleum products from their residence in Abakaliki.
The State Commandant of the Corps, Shuayb Jibril stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital.
According to him, the suspects had been into such illegal business for about 6 years in the state.
According to the Commandant, they were caught with 4 thousand litres of petroleum products as investigation into the matter were still on to ascertain other facts revolving around the crime.
“Following intelligent gathering of the command, a woman and her husband were arrested in Abakaliki for diverting large quantities of petroleum products and sales to black marketers above the official pump price. The woman was caught at the scene and later the husband who is the proprietor of the business was arrest.”
The Commandant condemned the hoarding of petroleum products at residential areas.
He explained that such initiative had the tendency of causing uncontrollable fire outbreak in the state, which could lead to loss of lives and property of innocent citizens. Ends
He thanked Governor David Umahi his contributions and initiatives which had promoted peace and unity in the state.