Ada Wodu, Calabar
The Nigerian Army has destroyed two cars and over 500 drums of adulterated diesel seized from smugglers along JEBS community in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Addressing newsmen during the exercise near Jonathan Bypass on Friday, the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Sector 4, Col. B. O. Amakor said the cooperation of the locals was necessary as they were the ones who first come in contact with the smugglers.
“We are reaching out to the locals through the community and youth leaders to help us with information and cooperate with the security agencies to give out these people when they are seen because they are the ones who get in contact with thee people first when they are seen, so we are reaching out to them through the youth leaders.

“The challenges we are facing apart from the issue of logistics is the challenge of the locals who are not ready to divulge information. Most of the locals are not ready to give out information about these people because some of them are benefiting from this and that has been a major challenge,” he said.

According to him, since there was no pipeline for bunkering in the state, the product was smuggled from neighbouring states into the state and upon sighting the army, they absconded and abandoned the drums of diesel alongside two cars.

He said, “We could not ascertain the location they are coming from because the owners of these products abandoned it and fled when our troops came, but we arrested them in Calabar South. They passed through the creeks and entered the state through Calabar south, JEBS Area, precisely.

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Military destroys 500 drums of adulterated diesel, two cars
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Ada Wodu, Calabar
The Nigerian Army has destroyed two cars and over 500 drums of adulterated diesel seized from smugglers along JEBS community in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Addressing newsmen during the exercise near Jonathan Bypass on Friday, the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Sector 4, Col. B. O. Amakor said the cooperation of the locals was necessary as they were the ones who first come in contact with the smugglers.

“We are reaching out to the locals through the community and youth leaders to help us with information and cooperate with the security agencies to give out these people when they are seen because they are the ones who get in contact with thee people first when they are seen, so we are reaching out to them through the youth leaders.

“The challenges we are facing apart from the issue of logistics is the challenge of the locals who are not ready to divulge information. Most of the locals are not ready to give out information about these people because some of them are benefiting from this and that has been a major challenge,” he said.

According to him, since there was no pipeline for bunkering in the state, the product was smuggled from neighbouring states into the state and upon sighting the army, they absconded and abandoned the drums of diesel alongside two cars.

He said, “We could not ascertain the location they are coming from because the owners of these products abandoned it and fled when our troops came, but we arrested them in Calabar South. They passed through the creeks and entered the state through Calabar south, JEBS Area, precisely.

“We have over 500 drums of diesel which is worth millions of naira and they are being destroyed alongside two vehicles which were used to perpetrate these acts. Some suspects were arrested and after our preliminary investigations some of the people who were being used as labourers to offload the products were apprehended and we have handed them over to the relevant agencies for prosecution and some of them were released because they were not found wanting.”

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