The Police at Force headquarters on Friday paraded 13 suspects arrested in the Niger, Delta and Kaduna states in connection with crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism by the IGP’s Task Force on illegal petroleum bunkering.
Speaking during the parade, Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood said, in the first case which involved crude oil vandals in Kaduna state, 4 suspects were arrested including Isa Ibrahim, Sani Usman, Hosea Danjuma, Aminu Salisu.
Moshood said they were arrested after an intensive trail by the operatives of the Special Task Force on Petroleum Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) on 1st May, 2018 in their hideout in Kaduna State.
The suspects confessed to have vandalized crude oil pipeline near Kakau Village in Kaduna State on 26/04/2018 and in the process siphoned 11,400 Litres of crude oil which they in turn sold at N580, 000 to their sponsors.
They have made useful statements and admitted to the crime. Effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large who are involved in the crime. Suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.
The second case involved the arrest of 6 crude oil vandals in Niger State on the 27th of April 2018 by the Special Task Force on Petroleum Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) surveillance patrol team acting on a tip-off intercepted and arrested the following suspects.
The suspects are Umar Abubakar, Aminu Muhammed, Ismaila Jimoh (driver), Oni Ajibade, Musa Mohammed, Abubakar Usman. They were arrested while in the process of breaking the NNPC pipeline around Bonu village in Guarara LGA of Niger State.
The vandalized NNPC pipeline runs through Izon NNPC pump station to Minna NNPC Depot. Recovered from them were One Mercedes Benz Actross 3335 Tanker Truck with registration No. KJA 373 XN; One Peugeot 407 Saloon car with Reg. No. ABJ 37 BK.
On the last batch of suspects who were arrested for crude oil vandalism in Delta State, ACP Moshood said, “The third gang consisting of Lucky David of Benneth community, Shagari Abiakeshi of Ogboijor town Delta State, Lucky Ajanasi of Ubeji Community and Destiny Amakeri were arrested on 26 April, 2018 at about 6pm by operatives of the IGP-STFPIB while on waterway patrol along Benneth community riverine area of Warri South, Delta State.
“They were arrested on the high sea while conveying the vandalized product to Warri south in Delta State.
“All the suspects admitted and confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime. Investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. All suspects will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
“The Police recovered the following exhibits from all the gangs – One Mercedes Benz Astros 3335 Tanker Truck with registration No. KJA 373 XN; one Peugeot 407 Saloon car with Reg. No. ABJ 37 BK; one Yamaha Forty Horse Power speed Boat, 26 Jerry-cans of 25 litres containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) product suspected to be from WRPC/PPMC, Welding Machine, Drilling Machine, Valves, Vandalism tools, Electric drilling machine, 4 drilling kits, Tiger electric Generator, 21 pieces of welding electrodes, 2 Shifting Spanner, 1 Flat Spanner, 2 Puncturing Rod, 1 and Half length Hose, 2 Saw Blades, Electric wires and 1 Loading Arm.
“From the gang in Delta State, items recovered from them were One (1) speed Boat and Twenty Six (26) Jerry-cans of 25 litres containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) product suspected to be from WRPC/PPMC.”
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