The commandant of the corps in the state, Edenabu Eweka, made this known in a statement signed by the public relations officer of the command, Mr Olufemi Omole, Tuesday in Akure.
Eweka said the discovery and seizure were in line with the Commandant-General of the corps’ vision of zero tolerance for vandalism and destruction of critical national assets and infrastructure.
The NSCDC boss stated that the command, through sustained and credible intelligence, burst an “illegal surface” storage facility for Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as diesel, in Ore.
Eweka informed that some criminal elements and economic saboteurs used the arena as a storage base after engaging in oil pipeline vandalism on the high sea and the creeks in the Niger Delta region of the state.
He noted that investigations further revealed that Ore was fast becoming the headquarters of illegal surface depots of AGO in the South west area of the country.
He said:”Most tankers do load adulterated AGO via surface tanks and thus distribute for sales across Nigeria. The command’s Anti-vandal squad tactically invaded the scene of the crime. The suspects, however, ran away on sighting our men.
“These unscrupulous elements convey the product using buses, jeeps and cars to where it would finally be stored in the surface tanks located in Ore town.
He added that “Some of the exhibits recovered from the scene are a Toyota Sequia Jeep, a Toyota Camry car, one pumping machine, two industrial hose pipes, 70 kegs of 30 litres AGO and 35,000 litres of suspected adulterated AGO,” Eweka said.
The NSCDC boss vowed that the command would combat and eradicate all forms of economic criminalities and saboteurs in the state.