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Civil defence discovers illegal refinery in Sokoto

Civil defence discovers illegal refinery in Sokoto
August 18
13:23 2017
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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has discovered an illegal refinery, operated in a rented apartment in Sokoto state.

Babangida Dutsin-ma, the NSCDC commandant in the state, made this known in an interview with NAN on Friday in Sokoto.

Dutsin-ma said the commandant’s surveillance team discovered the “mini-refinery” located in a rented apartment owned by a popular Sokoto businessman, along Bodinga road in the outskirt of Sokoto metropolis.

“The NSCDC anti-vandal team on surveillance detected the centre in which those involved in the adulteration dug a big hole using a large tank in perpetrating the act.

“The ditch is connected to a transformer from which they tap electricity for heating the adulterated products.”

The commandant said the perpetrators of the act fled the scene on sighting NSCDC officials in the area.

He, however, said the officials confiscated some of the equipment, including jerry cans, empty metal drums, electric cables and containers, used in adulterating the petroleum products.

According to him, preliminary investigation showed that the perpetrators adulterate premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol, and black oil to produce various petroleum products and supply same to unsuspecting consumers.

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