The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Edo Command, on Wednesday destroyed four illegal refineries at Obazagon near Ehor in Uhuwode Local Government Area of the state.
NSCDC destroys 4 illegal refineries
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Walter Akubuiroh, who led the team, said he was alarmed that the illegal refineries were hidden inside the forest, about seven kilometres from Obazagbon.
Akubuiroh noted that no arrest was made during the operation that lasted severally hours, stating that items recovered included, four generators, three pumping machines, standing fan, among others.
He noted that the operation was carried out following an intelligent report and was painstakingly planned to avoid leakage. The commandant, however, warned economy "saboteurs" that the state was no longer a safe haven for them.
He appealed to community leaders to always report any suspicious activity in their area to law enforcement agencies.
"This people are economy saboteurs who must not be allowed to continue with their unwholesome activities. As far as I am concerned, vandals have no place in Edo. The state is no longer safe for them to operate.
"I must also appeal to community leaders not to allow their farm land and forest be destroyed by these economy saboteurs. They should report any suspicious movement in their area.
"On our part, we will continue to carry out one of our mandates - ensuring that we put a stop to pipeline vandalism," he stated.
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