Some residents of Sokoto may have joined complaints about Nigeria not being able to refine enough petrol for its population, but they are not aware that a refinery exists just near them.

Nigeria was not even aware of this refinery which was discovered by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The agency has made a shocking discovery.

Petroleum products are getting refined illegally in a rented apartment in Sokoto State.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Babangida Dutsin-ma, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Sokoto that a surveillance team discovered the “mini refinery”.

It was located in a rented apartment owned by a popular Sokoto businessman, along Bodinga road in the outskirt of Sokoto metropolis.

“The NSCDC anti-vandal team on surveillance detected the centre in which those involved in the adulteration dug a big hole using a large tank in perpetrating the act.

“The ditch is connected to a transformer from which they tap electricity for heating the adulterated products,” he said.

The owners of the illegal refinery saw officials of the NSCDC and abandoned their investment, as they fled to avoid being arrested.

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Mr Dutsin-ma, however, said that the officials confiscated some of the equipment, including jerry cans, empty metal drums, electric cables and containers, used in adulterating the petroleum products.

According to him, preliminary investigation showed that the perpetrators adulterate Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol, and black oil to produce various petroleum products and supply same to consumers who barely are interested in knowing where the product is coming from.

The commandant wants the public, especially people in the area, to assist the command with useful information on any suspicious movements in their communities.