Pipeline Vandalism : Navy Arrests 32 , Recovers 11,000 Litres of Diesel in Ondo


Pipeline Vandalism : Navy Arrests 32 , Recovers 11,000 Litres of Diesel in Ondo

The Nigerian Navy patrol team has arrested 32 persons suspected to be engaged in operations of illegal refinery and pipeline vandalism at Igbokoda, Ondo State.
The suspects, who are now undergoing investigation, were picked siphoning 11,000 Litres Automated Gas Oil (AGO).
The 11 , 000 litres of diesel were in 370 jerrycans of 30litres each.
The Navy also seized the 13 vehicles, 31 phones and the sum of N3,199,000 recovered from the suspects.

Suspects who were arrest during the raid carried out by Navy’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) were, Mrs. Comfort Muyijimi, Mrs. Olamojuba Favour and Mr. Abiola Ajibola, described as marketers.
Others were the loaders, identified as Mr. Ejigwa Austin, Muhideen Jimoh, Azeez Yusuf, Oluwafemi Koleola, Zachaeus Edward, Emmanuel John, Fasonu Olusegun, Adekunle Alex, Uchehna Ani, Ezenwata Michael, Abayomi Olubobade, Azeez Abdullahi, Akintunde Samuel and Okewale Oluwaseun.

The truck drivers named as Temisan Oyewole, Ayodele Benjamin, Saheed Wasiu, Akeem Adekola, Surajudeen Bamidele, Adeosun Wosu and Chinonso Ojimadu were also apprehended.

.Among other drivers were Ibikunle Michalle, Gbadebo Adewunmi, Afolabi Sunday , Ola Oluwagbemiga and Ibikunle Niyi.
The Commanding Officer, FOB Igbokoda,
Captain Sabo Lengaya, who led the operation disclosed to newsmen that they had first intercepted a convoy of vehicles and had to search them during which the incriminating items were discovered.
His words:
“Our patrol team intercepted a convoy of vehicles along Igbokoda/Okitipupa road and in the course of searching the vehicles, it was discovered that some were carrying illegally refined AGO in 30 liters jerrycans, while some jerrycans were empty.
He continued :
“Further investigation revealed that they came from the creeks by boats and loaded at Ugbonla jetty. The vehicles with empty jerrycans were equally heading to the same jetty to load.
“Subsequent attempt to arrest those at the jetty proved unsuccessful as the jetty were deserted at the time our patrol team arrived.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the products lacked the necessary documentation relating to its source and relevant approvals. Also physical examination showed that the products were illegally refined AGO”..
The suspects were handed over to the Police for prosecution.

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