The operatives of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Surveillance team have arrested a policeman and a tanker driver who are members of a pipeline vandals syndicate operating along the Abule Egba axis of Lagos Mainland.
It was learnt that the suspects were apprehended after the surveillance team traced the smell of petrol to a burst pipeline which was channeled to a waiting tanker at Glonik Hotel in Abule Egba community.
InsideMainland gathered that prior to the arrest of the suspects, the entire community was thrown into apprehension following the gun battle that ensued between the security operatives and the vandals.
Speaking on the arrest, the leader of the surveillance team, Mr. Aminu King said, “we had a gun battle with the men securing the vandals but they were later overpowered by my men. A tanker driver and one policeman were arrested.
“Another policeman who was with the vandals escaped with the hotel manager but the receptionist, the waitress and other occupants of the hotel were rounded up.”
He added that: “we later discovered that the whole compound of the hotel was filled with tanks and 50-litre jerry cans filled with petrol. This act has been going on for a long time because their tanks had changed colour as they had been storing petrol in it.”
In his confessional statement, the arrested tanker driver, Waliu Tella told the operatives that he brought his tanker to the location after he was promised N500,000 per trip.
According to the operatives, five tankers and two tanker heads were parked at the scene as the NNPC surveillance team, Policemen, OP MESA team, OP AWATSE and the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps cordoned off the area.
Ojokoro Local Council boss calls for peace
The Executive Chairman Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. Hammed Idowu Tijani has assured residents of Abule Egba and its environs to maintain peace and order by ensuring that the pipeline vandalism situation at hand is resolved.
He made the appeal during his visit to the pipeline area of the community where the vandalism suspects were apprehended stressing that security personnel are on ground to ensure law and order.
In addition, Hon. Tijani urged the residents to desist from criminal acts that could cause disaster to the community while pleading that they report suspected actions to the appropriate authority.