At least 80,055 liters of adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), popularly called Diesel in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, got intercepted by The Nigerian Customs Service(NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone A.
According to a statement issued by Theophilus Duniya, The Unit’s public relations officer, two tankers laden with poorly produced 80,055 liters of diesel were apprehended by operatives of the unit after the drivers conveying the products had abandoned the tankers and scampered when they saw men of the unit conducting a stop and search routine check on the road.
This prompted the officials to carry out a thorough scrutiny of the documents used to convey the products, the papers turned out to be fake,a sample analysis of the product also confirmed it to be of poor quality.
The seized petroleum products were then handed over to the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency (NMDPRA) by the acting comptroller of the unit, Hussein Ejibunu.
Hussein Ejibunu said one of the tanker truck with registration number DBT 599 XA was laden with 44,450 liters while the other one with registration number USL 561 ZC had 35,605 liters of the AGO.
Patrick Musa, an official of the NMDPRA while receiving the seizures, explained that the products were found to be off specification and fell below approved standards for use in Nigeria.