The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command have impounded 71, 500 petroleum products at illegal petroleum dump site at mechanic workshop in Ikot Udoma in Eket Local Government Area of the state.
The Corps also confiscated 22 by 22 lorry with over 80 drums with adulterated petroleum products with registration number of EDO state, BET 631 XA.
Others goods consficated include three pumping machines, four 33 litres of surface tank and one white Mercedes Benz at the mechanic workshop.
The State Commandant of the Akwa Ibom NSCDC, Mrs Obiagheli Obiagulu told newsmen on Friday that the vindicated items had been moved to NSCDC exhibition yard in Uyo.
“Those involved in the illegally business were at large when they discovered that officers and men of corp were aware of the illegitimate operations,” She said.
Obiagulu said that operating without license and other authorisation from relevant agency in the environment was the height of sabotage to the economy.
The State Commandant noted that those behind the crime use mechanic workshop in an environment over grown with weeds to perpetuate the act.
She said that the officers and men would trail the suspects and bring them to book.
Obiagulu said operating petroleum products business in an residential areas constitutes serious danger to the well-being of the people.
“One might say that Afro is not highly inflamable, they never can tell in the course of transloading.
“What are they using for the pumping machine, the PMS that catches fire at any moment and when that happens, it is disaster.
“All the houses within that vicinity are prone to fire once that happens. So it is a serious risks locatingvsuch business around residential areas.
“Ignoring criteria that you have to meet for such business to thrive in such areas, “Obiagulu said.
She said that the Corp would intensify it’s operations in Eket and it’s environs to check crime in petroleum sector.
Obiagulu called on members of the public to give useful information to the Corp that would help in securing the state