Army nabs 17 suspected vandals, seizes 27,900 litres of petrol
Troops of the 81 Division, Nigerian Army, have arrested 17 suspected pipeline vandals operating in the Akute and Magboro areas of Lagos and Ogun State.
The vandals, it was gathered were arrested with 537 pieces of 50 litre jerrycans and 42 pieces of 25 litre jerrycans all filled with a total of 27,900 litres of stolen Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from NNPC Petroleum pipelines.
Udoh also revealed that 33 vehicles and four motorbikes used by the vandals in perpetrating the heinous crime were recovered by troops of the Division.
The GOC noted that the suspects were arrested during two separate operations based on reliable information received from some well-meaning members of the public during the Anti-illegal Bunkering and Anti-Pipeline Vandalism patrol of troops of the Division.
” The first operation was on May 16th, 2018. The Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Department of State Security, Inspector General of Police Task Force Team, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, Federal Road Safety Corp and Lagos neighborhood Safety Corps swooped on suspected pipeline vandals at Magboro in Ogun State along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway
” It was gathered that, during the hours of darkness, these vandals break open petroleum pipelines to steal refined Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fill up hundreds of jerrycans with the products and convey them to their marketing outlets in several, trucks, trailers, buses, cars and vans.
” On sighting the troops approaching the said location, the armed vandals fired sporadically before abandoning their vehicles loaded with the refined Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and some empty jerry cans and fled to avoid being arrested.
” Notwithstanding, the troops arrested 12 suspected vandals during a Cordon and Search Operation conducted around the vicinity. A total of 24 vehicles comprising of 3 long-trailer trucks, 9 buses, 8 Space Wagons, 1 Hilux van, 3 Salon cars and 4 motorcycles abandoned by the vandals were recovered.
” Other items recovered include 166 50-litre Jerry cans loaded with refined PMS, 130 empty 50-litres jerry cans, appropriately 8,300 litres of refined PMS. However, while recovering them, one of the vehicles caught fire and was completely razed.”