By Evelyn Usman

LAGOS—Two suspected pipeline vandals,  who were  arrested weekend in Isolo area of Lagos by  operatives of  the Inspector General of Police Anti Pipeline Vandalisation Unit,  have alleged  that soldiers aided them to load their truck in a creek at Ijedodo area.

The suspects, Moshood Jubril 40 and Friday Joseph 37  were arrested at the verge of conveying a 33,000 truck laden with  the siphoned petroleum product to Ibadan, Oyo state ,where a petrol station owner was waiting to receive the product.

While Joseph, driver  of the truck with plate number XA 898 ABC drove ahead, Jubril, an escort,  reportedly drove  behind in a Toyota Camry car with plate number AAA 208 DU.

Bill of lading  gave them away

Explaining how they were arrested, the officer in charge of the Unit, Mr. Valentine Olumese said when information on activities of the vandals reached him that he directed the Lagos State sector commander to go on their trail. The vandals according to him,  were trailed right from Ijedodo  to Isolo where Joseph was accosted. When asked to produce the bill of lading, he(Joseph ) reportedly told the operatives that his colleague, Jubril, was with it, unknown to him that Jubril  had been arrested.

I get N300,000 for each trip —Joseph 

In his confessional statement, Joseph said “We work for one  Timothy, owner of the truck . But our major receiver is in Ibadan. He owns a filling station. We bought the product for N85 per litre and intend selling at N120 in Ibadan. Timothy is the owner of the Toyota Corolla which he bought as an escort vehicle. I receive N300,000 at the end of any successful trip while the escort is paid N50,000.

Joseph added that they stormed Ijedodo from Ibadan where one Ann, a girlfriend to one of the commanders in the creeks, called TK, collected the money for the product on behalf of TK from them.

“As we set out in the bush, we saw some soldiers who asked where we were going. We told them we were going to carry out repairs on the truck, they followed us and out of fear we told them that we were going to the creeks and they led us there. On reaching the creeks, they (soldiers )  brought out a power generating set and a  hose.

While there, 10 other soldiers came from the creeks with boats and filled the truck.  They escorted us out of the bush. But unfortunately, we were arrested by the Police on reaching Isolo. I have been doing this for a while”, said the Benue State born suspect.

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