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BY AUSTIN OGWUDA
ASABA — FOUR truck drivers have been arrested over alleged attempt to dump toxic waste within the Kwale axis of Delta State.
Vanguard gathered that the arrested persons were intercepted along Ogwashi-Uku/Kwale road while conveying the suspected toxic waste substance in their trucks to the destination.
It was further gathered that following the intervention of police, in collaboration with some community leaders, the suspects were arrested and taken to the Ogwashi-Uku police station.
At press time, the suspects were still detained at the station.
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesman, Mr. Lucky Uyabeme, told our reporter in Asaba, yesterday: It is true the truck drivers were arrested on Monday evening with suspected toxic waste. The arrest was made possible through the effort of our (police) patrol team on routine patrol duty. The vehicles have been impounded and investigation is on.”
It will be recalled that a toxic waste dump site was discovered in Okpai community of Ndokwa East Local Government area of the State sometime in May this year.
The waste according to a report by the Environmental Watch Group (EWG) was massively buried at the Anieze, Okpai and Oluchi locations by an oil exploration company in the area.