September 11, (THEWILL) – Police operatives attached to the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), have dismantled an alleged illicit petroleum products refining facility in Edo State.
Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the operation follows the interception of intelligence on activities of an alleged illicit petroleum products refining syndicate operating adjacent to Agbor Junction, Benin City, Edo State, via a whistleblower, through the recently created Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s (NNPC) Command and Control Centre Portal.
According to him, the raid on the illegal facility was carried out by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB) in the late hours of August 7, 2022.
He added that three empty DAF Trucks, 31 immobile surface tanks – 7 of which were loaded with unspecified quantity of petroleum products, were discovered by the police operatives at the site during the raid.
Adejobi said two suspects, believed to be members of the syndicate operating the facility were arrested.
The police spokesperson identified the two suspects arrested as Chinedu Iyanabor, aged 18, and Sunday Iyagbesun, aged 52.
He added that preliminary investigations revealed the site was also used as a dump site for petroleum products.
“All suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations”, he said, adding that the Inspector-General of Police has tasked special enforcement units on prevention of activities of economic saboteurs.
He also tasked them to ensure the deployment of necessary manpower and other operational assets to ensure a total clampdown on criminal activities detriment to the economic growth of the nation.
“The IGP has similarly supervised the strengthening of the Unit with a charge to intensify efforts, in conjunction with local police officers, to sustain police approved operational standards in tackling economic sabotage, crimes, and criminality in the country.
“He equally charged the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Unit to embark on strict supervision of the Unit in compliance with the directives“, he added.