by Isi Esene

An illegal fuel depot containing nothing less than 8,000 drums of petrol and diesel has been discovered during a Christmas Eve raid in Calabar, Cross River State, by a Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield 01.

The spokesperson of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Joseph James, said this on Wednesday adding that six suspects, including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) have been arrested in connection with the operation of the illegal depot.

The JTF operation was said to have been led by Major Abdulmaleek Mohammed, of the brigade.

James reportedly said, “Following a tip-off, the Commander of the 13 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Shehu Yusuf, ordered that the JTF should raid the depot, which is off Mesembe Avenue, in the Anantigha area and very close to the headquarters of the Calabar South Local Government Area.

“As you can see, there are nearly 8,000 drums of fuel and diesel well arranged here. You can also see how they have expertly dredged this canal to enable these boats to bring in the products from wherever. It appears that this illegal business has been on for some time now before this intelligence report came in.

“We are still carrying out our investigation to unravel their possible connections and where they got the products from. We have picked up six men among whom is an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who are presently in the custody of the Military Police at the Brigade. We will soon hand them over to the Nigerian Civil Security and Civil Defence Corps.”

The products have been burnt at Ikang, Bakassi Local Government Area of the state.