Destroyed trucks were on illegal business, says Civil Defence Corps

Maiduguri, March 4, 2017 (TNE): It was Nemesis that caught up with those behind the diversion of fuel lifted in three fuel tankers that were destroyed when suspected female suicide bombers headed for the NNPC depot in Maiduguri on Friday, our correspondent reports.

The trucks were parked in a private station, while the drivers ostensibly waited for an opportunity to take them to a chosen destination where the content would have been sold to the black market.

The Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, revealed to newsmen on Saturday that its anti-vandalism unit discovered that the trucks were actually ‘hidden’ at the station on Damboa Road before the attack.

”It was unfortunate that some individuals were hell bent in diverting petroleum products to create artificial scarcity in the town.

”Those tankers destroyed by three female suicide bombers were meant to be in filling stations to meet local demands.

”We have been warning them against diversion but they won’t listen. Just last week, we arrested four persons and sealed their filling stations for selling the petrol above pump price.

”We learnt that there is a deliberate plan to create artificial scarcity in the town by hiding the product.
”This development is not only anti-people but also a threat to the lives and security of the good people of the state.

”We therefore warn petroleum marketers to desist from hiding and diverting petrol in their homes or face the wrath of the law,” Ibrahim said. (TNE)

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