The Nigerian Army has arrested some alleged pipeline vandals engaging in illegal bunkering around Magboro area on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway saying the success was recorded through information on their activities by some Nigerians
“Following reliable information received from some well-meaning Nigerians during anti-illegal bunkering and anti-pipeline vandalism patrol, troops of 81 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Department of State Security (DSS), Inspector-General of Police (IGP) task force team, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and Lagos neighborhood Safety Corps swooped on suspected pipeline vandals at Magboro in Ogun state along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on 16th May, 2018,” a statement by
“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 jerricans 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 three long-trailer trucks, nine buses, eight space wagons, one Hilux van, three salon cars and four 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,” a statement by Lieutenant Colonel OM Daudu, acting deputy director, 81 Division, Army Public Relations, said.
The Nigerian Army also reported that in an anti-illegal bunkering operation, troops of 81 Division raided another location where suspected vandals were carrying out their sabotage activities along NNPC pipeline at Akute.
NAIJ.com learnt that the vandals concealed their vehicles with refined oil products and fled on arrival of the troops.
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“Five suspected vandals were arrested at the scene. Items recovered include: nine vehicles, comprising six buses, two heavy-storage trucks and one Sports Utility Vehicle. Other items recovered include one motorcycle, seven mobile phones, 371 50-litre and 42 25-five litre jerry cans loaded with refined Premium Motor Spirit, 106 empty 50-jerry cans, a hose of about 500 metres in length used for siphoning products with approximately 19,600 litres of stolen PMS being recovered,” the statement said.
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