Thursday, 31 May 2012

Police arrest eight pipeline vandals in Lagos

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The Police in Lagos have apprehended eight suspected pipeline vandals in the Ikorodu area of the state.
The arrests, which were made on Monday, were carried out by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Unit.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen also impounded three buses containing 150-litre jerry cans and recovered a locally-made pistol and five cartridges.

The head of the Task Force, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Friday Ibadin, said his men had been patrolling the area since they got an intelligence report that some vandals were siphoning petroleum products from the pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that passed through Abule-Oba waterside in Ikorodu.
Ibadin added that it was during one of such patrols that his men led by Sector Commander, Mr. Onaghise Osayande, arrested the suspects.
It was learnt that some youths in the area attacked the policemen before the suspects were eventually overpowered.
Meanwhile, the police have declared the alleged fleeing leader of the gang, Mr. Godspower Gabayi, wanted.
Some of the suspects arrested are Adeleke Adewale, Isiaka Morakiyo, Saheed Adeleke and Taiwo Saheed.
Adewale, who lives at 15, Ajisafe Street, Igbo Olomu, Isawo Ikorodu, said he had been in the business for sometime but was only assisting their leader to transport the product to where it would be sold.
 He said, “I don’t know how they manage to get the product; all I know is that I help to transport it to where it would be sold. On May 28, 2012, I was called by our leader, Godspower, to mobilise some buses to carry petrol for him.
“I called my friend, Isiaka, who has two buses to join me which he did. He told me to meet them at the NNPC pipeline at Elepete. It was while we were on our way to make the first delivery that the police stopped us.
“We usually pay touts in the area to protect us from robbers. Recently however, our business has been stalled by police and this did not go down well with the touts because if we do not succeed, they will not be paid. On that day, when they saw the police chasing us, they attacked them.”
The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, warned vandals to desist from economic sabotage.
He reiterated government decision to protect the pipelines and warned that anyone caught vandalising them would face the wrath of the law.
The suspects, he said, would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded. Source; Punch

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