FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD AND THE ILLICIT SALE OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS: A LARGE CARGO OF FUEL SEIZED IN THE ADAMAWA, EAST AND CENTRE REGIONS.
11,100 litres of fuel seized in weekly operations to combat petroleum products fraud.
Following instructions from the Minister of Water and Energy, for whom the petroleum products fraud remains an issue of major concern, the National Brigade for the Control of Petroleum Products is being deployed on the ground every week to rid the sector of this threat that seriously hampers its development.
From Monday, 6 March to Thursday, 9 March 2023, sworn-in inspectors from the Department of Petroleum Products and Gas (DPPG), in collaboration with law enforcement officers, carried out Punch Operations in the East, Centre and Adamawa regions.
The DPPG special unit first went to Garoua Boulai where they defined an operating strategy. This consisted of travelling to the locality of Meidougou, not far from Garoua Boulai, and camping there overnight to systematically search all 12-wheel trucks coming from Meiganga and Ngaoundere. On Monday from 11:00 pm to Tuesday morning, all the trucks on this road were checked to verify if they were transporting smuggled fuel. The next phase of the operation on Tuesday consisted of monitoring the filling stations in Garoua Boulai where fraudulent practices are widespread according to some information gathered in the field. Before separating for a well-deserved rest, the teams agreed to meet in the evening. Wednesday at midnight, Mr MBOUSSOP, Head of Mission and Head of the Gas Monitoring and Development Unit (SDG), gathered his teams and headed for Meiganga where two storage warehouses of petroleum products contained in drums were discovered thanks to the ingenuity of the inspectors. The night was spent working and very quickly the drums were loaded into the truck chartered for this purpose.
At 4:00 am, the loading was completed and the truck took off for Yaounde. A compulsory stop was made at the Confex petrol station in Nkol-Afamba where an individual was caught pumping gasoil into a drum. As the sale of petroleum.