May 26, 2024

Force CID Alagbon arrests two for hijacking truck, diverting aviation fuel worth N46 million in Ilesha

Oredola Adeola
The operatives of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (Force-CID), Lagos Annex, Alagbon, have arrested two suspects, Tope Ojo “m” and Nojeem Haruna “m” for their complicity in a case of economic sabotage and diversion of aviation fuel valued about forty-six million Naira.
DSP Oluniyi Ogundeyi, Police Public Relations Officer, Force-CID, Lagos Annex, Alagbon, made this known in a statement released on Sunday, and obtained by EnergyDay.
According to Ogundeyi, the arrest followed a petition addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) by a civic-minded Nigerian, alerting the Force-CID of plots by some hoodlums to intercept and divert petroleum products worth billions of Naira.
The statement said, “Preliminary investigations by the Annex, in compliance with the IGP’s directives, revealed that a tanker trailer loaded with aviation fuel was intercepted by the principal suspect – Tope Ojo – and his gang members at Ilesha in Osun State.
“The suspects, having taken control of the tanker trailer, successfully trans-loaded the product into another tanker before proceeding to maliciously destroy the initial tanker conveying the product.
“Detailed investigations conducted by the Force-CID, Lagos Annex, Alagbon, have since established a prima facie case of economic sabotage, diversion of aviation fuel, stealing, and malicious damage, against the arrested suspects and other members of their gang still at large,” the Police PRO, Force-CID, Lagos Annex said.
He further hinted that investigators from Lagos Annex are beaming their searchlight on habitual receivers of these stolen products and other suspects, that aid and abet the crime by providing transportation and storage facilities for the stolen products.
EnergyDay gathered that AIG Frank Mba, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the Force-CID, Lagos Annex, Alagbon, has charged the investigators to ensure that all suspects linked to the crime are arrested and brought to book.
The AIG also noted that economic sabotage has dire consequences on national development, and therefore must be confronted frontally. He further assured members of the public of prompt and unbiased investigations of all pending and new cases submitted to the office.