The Nigeria Union Of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (Petroleum Tanker Drivers Unit) on Wednesday, laid siege at the Olu-Obasanjo headquarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for alleged intimidation and illegally auctioning of 3 trucks loaded with products.
The action has led to traffic gridlock in parts of Port Harcourt as the union has vowed to remain at the NSCDC office until they get justice for their members whose trucks were wrongly sold off with products that were legally allocated.
Recall that these trucks with the products were seized since August 2022 and the matter has been at the State High Court in Port Harcourt.
Comrade John Bosco the PRO of NUPENG (PTD Unit) said that since 2022 the matter has been ongoing until the courts this January ordered the release of both the trucks and the drivers.
“The drivers have been released, but NSCDC refused to release the trucks with the products. The products alone with current price is worth N70million while the truck alone is worth N120million, so when you put this together for the three trucks they are worth over N570million.” he noted.
Comrade Bosco insisted that the agency must have auctioned the products and the trucks against the order of the courts and vowed that members of his Union will sustain the protest until something is done, accusing the NSCDC Commander, Rivers State command, Commandant Besong Ogar of wrongfully selling off of the products and the trucks.
He said Ogar has exhibited such act previously in Imo State which took the intervention of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma to resolve the matter before he was subsequently transferred to Rivers State.
When contacted by Gist News, the PRO of NSCDC Rivers state command DSP Olufemi Ayodele told our correspondent that the action of NUPENG was an embarrassment to the corps, stressing that sometime last year the JTF confiscated the 3 trucks and handed over to them for safe custody and have been in and out of the court while investigation is ongoing.Follow us on social media