Nineteen illegal oil dump site operators have been arrested by the Kano State Command, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
NigeriaCrime.com also learned that the command sealed three illegal oil dump sites in Tsamiyar Mashaya and Kwanar Yashi, all in Hotoro area of the state.
The Commandant, Adamu Idris-Zakari, disclosed that the nineteen operators were also arrested in connection with the sites.
Idris-Zakari who said the command achieved the breakthrough following an intelligence report noted that the sealed illegal oil dump sites were located in Tsamiyar Mashaya and Kwanar Yashi, all in Hotoro area of the state.
According to him, “The suspects were arrested by the team based on intelligence report and discovered three oil dump sites which are hazardous to the community.
“The suspects specialised in illegal hoarding of petroleum products thereby creating artificial scarcity of petroleum products in Kano.
“One of the oil dump sites recently gut fire which caused serious hazards to the inhabitant of the area.
“Members of the general public are advised to always provide the Corps with prompt information on illegal oil dump sites for their safety.
“The items recovered included 6 trucks, 46,000 litres of suspected adulterated AGO, rubber jerricans, calibrated rubber tanks, trucks, pick up vans and drums among others,” the NSCDC State Commandant, Idris-Zakari however stated.
In a related development, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC has launched a Nigerian Internal Security and Public Safety Alert System (N-Alerts) to aid reports of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence SGBV before, during and after the general election.
The alert system was launched by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen on Wednesday at the NSCDC National Headquarters in Abuja.
Corps spokesman, DCC Olusola Odumosu in a statement said the event, which marked the 3rd Annual Forum of Women, Peace and Security Sector Reference Group, was themed, “The Role of Female Security Personnel in 2023 General Elections”.
NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, said the new technology will also be used in reporting criminal acts that would likely emerge during the elections.
According to Audi, the level of proactive preparations by security agencies in the country gives the confidence of adequate security as citizens freely vote for their preferred candidates.
He said there has also been a high level of collaboration between sister agencies which gives hope for a free, fair and transparent election.
“We, the security agencies are on the same page, well prepared and ready to frustrate the efforts of those planning to truncate the electoral process.
“The police is the lead agency in election security and we are going to be working together alongside other sister agencies, and I assure you, it will translate to positive outcomes,” he said.
The CG reiterated his commitment to introduce positive changes into the Corps through programmes and policies that would boost the capacity of Female Security Personnel to compete favourably with their male counterparts.