The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command under the Mushin Area Command have busted an aviation fuel siphoning and smuggling ring who had been stealing the products for months and selling it as kerosene to unsuspecting members of the public.
The surety team led by the Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olasoji Olabayo smashed the Jet A1 aviation fuel smuggling ring at a bush site in the Richfield area of Ajao Estate along the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
The arrest of the gang was after busting of a very thick iron pipe supplying the fuel to the international airport depot.
ACP Olusoji, who spoke on the arrest, said information about the nefarious activities of the gang got the police few days ago after which surveillance was mounted on the site leading to the breakthrough in the arrest.
He added that the suspects have been detained at the Ajao Estate Police Station while directing that efforts should be made to arrest other colluding members of the smuggling ring.
The Police boss noted that apart from the fact that smuggling of the product is economic sabotage, the criminal activity of selling aviation fuel to unsuspecting members of the public was even more risky as nobody could determine the dangerous implication of using aviation fuel for cooking.