14 suspected vandals and scavengers have been arrested by operatives of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC.
Nigeriacrime.com learned that suspects are: Muhammed Isa, 18, Kano; Elvis Okay Obingwa, 45, Abia; Eze Godwin, 39, Enugu; Basiru Abubakar, 23, Zamfara; Abdallah Zakariya, 40, Yobe; Hungano Dimas 27, Adamawa; Aliyu Mohammed 52, Niger; Basiru Abdullah 20, Nasarawa; Kabiru Usenu ’19, Katsina;
Godwin Isaac 24, Edo; Sunday Yusuf, 28, Kaduna; Lawal Badiru 25, Kwara; Yusuf Nuts 18, Kano; and Hamsa Ibrahim’ 20, Jigawa State.
According to the Command Spokesman, Comfort Okomanyi, the suspects were picked up by NSCDC’s men on routine night patrol at different locations in the FCT where they also constituted a nuisance under bridges and around critical installations.
Parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters, the FCT Commandant, Odumosu Olusola re-emphasized his readiness to hunt down anyone to make the FCT a den of miscreants.
Commandant Odumosu vowed to be resolute in combating crime and criminalities in the FCT. He called on residents to remain vigilant and be supportive of the efforts of the NSCDC FCT Command to ensure a safe, peaceful and pleasant place for all to live.
“Let it be known to criminals, scavengers and vandals in the city center and the suburbs of FCT that their days are numbered and we are coming for you. FCT will be too hot for you to stay, therefore, I advise you to relocate or face the wrath of the law”, Odumosu warned.
“The arrested suspects have been thoroughly interrogated and profiled. They will be handed over to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board AEPB for further prosecution”.
In another development, the Commandant General’s Intelligence Squad of the NSCDC on Wednesday shut down an illegal and unregistered manufacturing company which specializes in the massive production of fake Automated Transmission Fluid ATF and other lubricants at Ponpola village, Ido LGA of Oyo State.
Director of Public Relations at the Corps National Headquarters in Abuja, Afolabi Babawale said one suspect, Adegoke Sunday, 41, was arrested while efforts are ongoing to track down other accomplices who are now at large.
He said; “On Wednesday 6th of September 2023, at about 3:35 PM, the CG’s special intelligence squad, which was acting on a credible tip-off, stormed a location at Ponpola village, Gbekuba area, Iddo local government, Oyo State where it discovered an illegal and adulterated auto lubricants manufacturing company.
“The location is very remote and deceptive because the so called company was located inside a residential house and indulged in the production of engine oil and other lubricants which did not meet mandatory industrial standards”, said Babawale.
The Corps PRO explained further that the makeshift company was where the fake and adulterated auto transmission fluid, grease used in automobile engines and gears among other lubricants were being produced, packaged and sold as established brand lubricants to unsuspecting users.
“Among the items recovered from the location were over 2,500 one-litre-containers of adulterated ATF, metal drums used for storage, adulterated grease, large quantities of chemicals used in the production of the adulterated oil, five industrial machines among other items
“In the meantime, the Commandant General Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi has ordered the immediate closure of the company while the suspect, Sunday Adegoke who claimed to be the manager of the company has been taken into custody for further investigation.