JTF Discovers Illegal Refinery in Okene, Arrests 7

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Seven suspected  persons on Friday  were arrested in Emomo village in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State by the Joint Task Force (JTF)  over  illegal refinery.

The  JTF Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Olufemi, who  with the Acting State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kingsley Oguntuwase, conducted journalists round the illegal refinery  which is  five kilometres away from Okene.

Olufemi said  that other  suspects with the alleged owner of the refinery  who is based in Warri, Delta State,  were still at large.

He explained that the illegal activities of the vandals were a well coordinated one, as  they  connected  a pipe to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) line which they used to siphone crude oil to their refinery where they  refine it before being loaded into trucks and  drums for onward movement to unknown destinations.

He called on the Security men on Okene- Lokoja-Abuja as well as Okene- Auchi- Benin roads to ensure check on the trucks transporting fuel by making sure their way bills are in order so that those transporting illegal fuel can be arrested.

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