By Rasheedah Makinde

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad has uncovered a massive illegal oil refining site at a forest in Odagwa Community in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The spokesman for the NSCDC, Rivers State Command, Olufemi Ayodele, disclosed this while parading the suspects and conducted newsmen around the site.

The site comprises over 10 illegal refineries with an estimated 500,000 litres of crude oil contained in about 50 illegally constructed reservoirs, while five suspects engaging in the illicit act were arrested.

Ayodele said the discovery was based on credible intelligence nothing that The Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, has reiterated over time that all acts of economic sabotage would be fought to a standstill as suspects arrested would face the full wrath of the law, irrespective of their sponsors.

He noted that the CG gave a marching order to the Special Intelligence Squad, charging them to be more thorough and results-oriented in their operations.

While conducting an operational tour across the large thick forest, about 10 different cooking pots of 50,000 litres capacity were seen with one big pumping machine, receiver tanks, 25 rubber hoses used for pumping crude oil and many long galvanised pipes with unquantified litres of crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) stored in six large reservoirs and other 20 smaller reservoirs drugged in the ground.

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