A combined team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and security agents on Sunday uncovered illegal reservoirs of fuel in Abuja, Premium Times reports.
Speaking at the site of the mini depot, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said it was saddening to make such discoveries in the city centre when less than 500 meters away, motorists were on endless queues. Hundreds of jerry cans, 200-liter drums, and 500 liter tanks were uncovered in a sting operation by the team in the city centre.
The Abuja Zonal Controller of DPR, Mohammed Abba, said; “We have arrested 20 people in connection with those who sell in jerry cans in Zone One alone and their facilities. We are handing them over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, because the DPR has no capabilities to prosecute.” Aminu Abdullahi, Assistant Commandant-General Operations, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, confirmed receiving the 20 persons.