By Ifeanyi Okolie
Lagos—Two suspected vandals, Moshood Jibril and Joseph Friday, were yesterday arrested, by men of the Inspector General of Police Special Task Force on Pipeline Vandalism, in Lagos while a tanker truck with 33000 litres of stolen Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, commonly called petrol and a Toyota Corola saloon car were recovered.
Vanguard gathered that the suspects, who were intercepted at Isolo area of the state, after siphoning PMS from a pipeline belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, at Ijedodo-Ikotun area of the State, were heading to Ibadan Oyo State when they were apprehended.
The suspects told Vanguard during an interview that they were mere errand boys who buy and deliver the products to Ibadan.
Joseph Friday, the tanker driver told Vanguard that he was promised N300,000 for the trip to Ibadan.
According to him; “ this is the first time I will be called for this job and I was promised N300,000. It was one Bayo who called me for the job, but they didn’t tell me that it was product of illegal bunkering.
‘’They said I was going to trans-load products from a faulty truck in that area. But when I got there, I saw a long hose connected to a pipeline.
‘’ I told Bayo and a woman, known as Anna, who was loading me, that I was not going to carry such product but they told me that some soldiers were involved and they were going to provide protection for me.
‘’With that, I allowed them to load the truck and after loading, they asked me to drive out of the area and when I got to Isolo under bridge, the police stopped me and asked for the loading documents of the products in my truck and I told them it was with Moshud who was to escort me down to Ibadan.”
Meantime, Moshood who was arrested earlier before the truck was intercepted, was caught with four different ATM cards belonging to one Ashiru Rasheed Adewale.