No fewer than six citizens of the Benin Republic have been arrested for allegedly smuggling petrol out of Nigeria to their country.
This comes amidst the nationwide fuel scarcity in Nigeria that has lasted for over a week due to the importation of Premium Motor Spirit.
According to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Command, the suspects were arrested with six large metal drums of fuel by the intelligence unit of the corps.
During their parade on Monday, the six Benin Republic nationals were identified as Timothy Fidinyin, 34; Josue Matho, 24; Joel Kunki, 27; Saliu Digbeyi, 23; Martins Jisu, 35; and Alex Wesu, 27.
According to The PUNCH, the Lagos State Commandant of the corps, Edenabu Eweka, confirmed the arrest.
He said, “We arrested six smugglers, all of them from the Benin Republic. They were transporting petroleum products from Nigeria to their country.
“It is sad that some of the citizens of other countries have taken advantage of Nigeria’s good neighbourliness to perpetrate crimes in the country.
“However, the long arm of the law will always catch up with them and we are using this medium to warn them to desist and take their activities far from the country. We will not tolerate any form of criminality in Nigeria. Nigeria is not a lawless state.”