By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja—POLICE have arrested 19 suspected pipeline vandals and recovered 17 truck-loads of petrol and adulterated diesel in several operations carried out by the anti-vandalism task force under the leadership of Mr. Murtala Minjibir.
Confirming the arrest and recovery yesterday, Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, said: “About 14 long tanker trucks, loaded with 33,000 litres of PMS each, and three short tanker trucks loaded with 11,000 litres of suspected adulterated diesel each were recovered.
“A large scale coordinated operation was carried out in compliance with the directives of the Inspector General to rid Lagos and other states, where vandalism of oil pipelines have become endemic, of the criminals.
“Police operatives arrested several notorious vandals and recovered trucks loaded with stolen PMS and adulterated diesel in Kiri-Kiri area of Lagos State.
“These gangs have attacked several riverine villages and killed innocent people in recent times.
“The suspects, during interrogation, confessed the various roles they played in the criminal enterprise. However, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects and their cohorts to bring them to justice.”