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Edo NSCDC destroys 16 illegal refineries

JTF stops burning illegal refineries

The Anti-Vandal Unit of  the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Edo has destroyed 16 illegal refineries in the last six months.

The State Commandant of the Corps, Makinde Ayinla,  disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.

Ayinla said that the illegal refineries destroyed included  eight in Edo South Senatorial district, six in Edo North and two in Edo Central.

He also said that about 350,000 litres of illegally refined and adulterated petroleum product was seized and destroyed by the unit within the period.

The Counter Terrorist Unit of the command, he added,  arrested 14 suspects for various offences  ranging from phone snatching to armed robbery.

He further said that the Legal Unit  secured five convictions, while 23 cases were still pending in  various courts within the period under review.

The Commandant told NAN that the Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit between January and  June handled 10  cases, with seven  concluded and  three  still ongoing.

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He also disclosed that the Private Guard Companies (PGCs) Department during  the period sealed three PGCs for illegal operations while it registered and licensed 61.

He also said that the department provided training and retraining for 18 private guard supervisors.

Ayinla further said  the Solid Minerals Unit of the command within the same period arrested nine illegal miners for operating various  pits and quarry sites within the state.

“Our Agro-Allied Unit within the period arrested nine suspected herdsmen with various locally made arms in  various parts of the state.

” Also our Anti Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration Unit arrested two persons for alleged sexual assault and abuse of minors,’’ he also said.

The Anti Fraud Unit of the command, he said,  handled 25 cases of fraud which led to the cash recovery of N2. 27 million.

He further said that the Operations Department within the period covered various operations, just as the Critical National Asset and Infrastructure Department deployed its personnel for the protection and preservation of  government assets within the state.

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