JUST IN: Police captures 6 for stealing 40,000 litres of Petrol

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stealing 40,000 litres of Petrol

Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that Six people have been arrested by the Kaduna State Police Command for allegedly stealing 40,000 litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) in Kaduna.

Mohammed Jalige, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), revealed this in a statement released on Monday in Kaduna. According to Jalige, the command got a report from the complainant, Mr Bakura Bukar of Mararaban Jos, Kaduna, on April 19 at around 1000 hours, through the Area Commander, Jere Area Office.

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Bukar said that on April 16, he entrusted his vehicle, with registration number BAM 02 XA, to his driver for delivery to Kaduna from Lagos, carrying 40,000 litres of PMS valued at N6.2 million.

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According to a police spokesman, the driver suffered a flat tyre on April 18 at 2300 hours near Issah U-turn on the Abuja-Kaduna route and had to pull off the road to fix the deflated tyre.

“While the driver was attempting to replace the deflated tyre, three unidentified individuals arrived in a sedan car and assaulted him and his motor-boy.”

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“These three unidentified assailants bound him and his motor-boy in a nearby bush,” he alleged.

The victims then tried to free themselves and returned to the road, only to learn that their truck, which was filled with PMS, had been driven to an unknown destination, according to Jalige.

Mr Yekini Ayoku, the state’s Commissioner of Police, had ordered a complete inquiry into the occurrence, according to Jalige, who added that detectives were immediately dispatched to the scene to catch the perpetrators.

According to him, the team acted on information and was successful in apprehending three suspects in connection with the crime.

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Further investigation indicated that the stolen goods were deposited in two filling stations, according to the police spokeswoman.

The operators of the abovementioned fueling stations, whom he described as “strong collaborators in the crime,” were seized with three other suspects, he said.

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“During the investigation, the operatives also recovered the criminals’ operational vehicle, one jackknife, and the stolen truck, as well as the product,” he said.

The suspects had since confessed to being members of a syndicate known for such activities, according to Jalige, and they were now aiding in the investigation.

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He stated that after the investigation was completed, the individuals would be charged in court.

He went on to say that the command was making concerted attempts to catch any surviving syndicate members and their collaborators, if any, in order to prevent repeat occurrences.

That is the latest on stealing 40,000 litres of Petrol.

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