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FCTA busts illegal oil refining warehouse

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The officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, on Thursday, busted an illegal oil refining warehouse in Mabushi, opposite the Mobile filling station on Ahmadu Bello way in Abuja.

FCTA Director, Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, told journalists that his team discovered the illegal refining site during its ongoing city cleaning exercise.

He said about three to four plots of land designated for commercial purposes in the area, had been converted to a place where the perpetrators would adulterate oil and diesel before it is circulated to other parts of the city.

The DDC Director said the city sanitation task force will look into the provision laws and necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration, for further actions on the plots used for the activity.

Galadima however disclosed that no arrests were made, but said items used in carrying out the illegal refining had been impounded.

“During the continuation of our city sanitation exercise in Mabushi opposite Mobile filling station on Ahmadu way, we discovered an illegal refining site where oil and diesel are being adulterated. We have done the needful by moving the items to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

From what we have seen so far, about three or four plots of land designated for commercial purposes have been converted to unapproved activities, which we believe the owners are fully aware of. There will be consequences. We are going to look at the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration,” he said.

He also said that the administration would continue to go tough on those who carried out activities that had no approval from the government, noting particularly the revocation of land titles.


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