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NSCDC Allegedly Cause Fracas At Filling Station

Posted: Apr 25, 2016 at 4:40 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Laide Raheem


When the alleged shooting of a commercial motorcyclist identified as Emeka by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Festac area of Lagos had yet to be resolved, operatives of the paramilitary outfit have again been alleged of causing fracas in a filling station in Ogun state.

Not fewer than five persons including a woman are reported to have sustained various degrees and an Astra OPEL car had its windscreen damaged in the filling station fracas allegedly stoked by the NSCDC at the weekend.

It was gathered that the NSCDC officials had allegedly stormed the MRS filling station located at Isale Igbein area of the town in a Nissan Pathfinder with registration number Ogun, DED 49 AA and Toyota Hilux van, both filled with empty jerry cans and instructed the attendants to fill all the jerry cans with petrol.

The injured include the manager of the filling station, Iyabo Fakunle; three attendants identified as Oluwole Omitope, Sodunke Olayinka and Alagbe Sefiu; and a taxi driver who identified himself as Yomi Olatoye.

The Astra OPEL car with registration number Lagos, EKY 340 AT belongs to one Mutiu Idowu, who had gone to the filling station to buy fuel.

Independent gathered that trouble started when the manager of the filling station, the only station in the Abeokuta metropolis selling fuel at the official pump price of N86.50K pleaded with the NSCDC to allow the attendants first sell to customers who had waited in queue for hours to buy fuel.

It was gathered that the request infuriated the NSCDC officials who went into rage and in the process pushed the manager down, while one of the attendants suffered a deep cut on his left arm and another was hit with the butt of a gun by the NSCDC who were also alleged to have broken the windscreen of the Astra OPEL car.

The manager who narrated her ordeal to Independent said she decided to switch off the dispensing machines to allow the fracas subside only for that decision to anger the officers who started shooting sporadically.

According to her, “the officers later reinforced and stormed the station in two official vehicles with registration numbers CD 1048 A01 and CD 150 A01, brandishing guns and knives.”

She added that, “all efforts to appeal to them not to shoot within the premises of the station as such could ignite fire fell into deaf ears as they reportedly shot sporadically within the station.

“The two main gates of the station were also flung open while attendants and other customers were chased away with guns and knives”.

It was also gathered that the NSCDC officials also tried to whisk away one of the attendants was resisted by customers at the filling station.

Efforts to get the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Kareem Olanrewaju, to comment on the incident proved abortive as two of his lines were switched off while several calls made to the other line, were neither answered nor returned before filing this report.

Comments (1)

  • Apr 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm callistus u owuamanam

    There is need to cut the wings of the NSCDC before they become ,more dangerous than the DSS.

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