Zamfara NSCDC intercept 75 drums of water treatment chemicals, arrest driver


Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, has intercepted water treatment chemicals worth millions of Naira suspected to be stolen.

Parading the arrested items at the State headquarters of the Command in Gusau, the State capital on Wednesday, the State Commandant, Mohammed Bello Mu’azu explained that the Command acted on intelligence reports and intercepted the alleged stolen chemicals.

Speaking further, he said the suspected stolen chemicals which included ‘Calcium Hypochlorite and Hi clear Calcium Hypochlorite Mixture Dry’ were in 75 drums.

He said they were believed to have been procured by the State Government for water treatment in the State.

“There were no documents at all indicating legal transportation of the items from the State to their targeted destination; the driver could neither defend his contract nor the client that engaged him for the transportation.

“I invited the state Commissioner for water and other management staff of Water Board; some of them responded to the call and informed the Command that the suspected items should be from the State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RUWASA) which they said is in better position to explain why the transport of the chemicals”, Mu’azu added.

The Commandant further stated that he had sent an invitation to the management team of the RUWASA to appear before the Command to answer questions about the suspected chemicals after which they will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution.

Recall that Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, has been long experiencing acute water scarcity due to lack of chemicals for water treatment.

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