POLICE THIRTEEN (13) PRINCIPAL SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, CRUDE OIL PIPELINE VANDALISM AND THEFT SUSPECTS

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1st Gang arrested in Kaduna State

i. Isa Ibrahim (Gang Leader) arrested in Kaduna

ii. Sani Usman – arrested in Kauka Village Kaduna State

iii. Hosea Danjuma

iv. Aminu Salisu

2nd Gang Arrested in Niger State

v. Umar Abubakar – Gang Leader

vi. Aminu muhammed

vii. Ismaila Jimoh (driver)

viii. Musa Mohammed

ix. Abubakar Usman

3rd Gang Arrested in Delta State

x. Lucky David of Benneth community

xi. Shagari Abiakeshi of Ogboijor town Delta State

xii. Lucky Ajanasi of Ubeji Community

xiii. Destiny Amakeri

EXHIBITS

i. One Mercedes Benz Actross 3335 Tanker Truck with registration No. KJA 373 XN

ii. One Peugeot 407 Saloon car with Reg. No. ABJ 37 BK –

iii. One Yamaha Forty Horse Power speed Boat

iv. Twenty Six (26) Jerry-cans of 25 litres containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) product suspected to be from WRPC/PPMC

v. Welding Machine

vi. Drilling Machine

vii. Valves

viii. Vandalism tools

ix. Electric drilling machine

x. Four (4) drilling kits

xi. Tiger electric Generator

xii. Twenty One (21) pieces of welding electrodes

xiii. Two (2) Shifting Spanner

xiv. One (1) Flat Spanner

xv. Two (2) Puncturing Rod

xvi. One (1) and Half length Hose

xvii. Two (2) Saw Blades

xviii. Electric wires

xix. One (1) Loading Arm

Gentlemen of the Press, you are welcome to today’s press briefing aimed at showcasing some of the achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force in crime prevention, control, and detection in some part of the Country recently.

2. Before the details, permit me to on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni appreciate the members of the public, most especially public spirited individuals for their timely and useful information to the Force that led to these success stories.

3. The constant vandalism of Pipelines, destruction of oil and gas facilities and illegal oil bunkering in the country is of great concern to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, these serious criminal acts are worrisome because of the consequences of economic hardship, damage to public infrastructures, and loss of Government, Private and Public huge investments in the oil sector.

4. In order to halt this trend of wanton destruction of lives and properties in a critical sector of the economy, the IGP reorganized and empowered the Task Force on illegal petroleum bunkering to decisively tackle these criminals, their collaborators and sponsors.

5. THE FIRST CASE IS THE ARREST OF SUSPECTED CRUDE OIL PIPELINE VANDALS IN KADUNA STATE

These suspects; Isa Ibrahim, Sani Usman, Hosea Danjuma, Aminu Salisu, were arrested after an intensed trail by the operatives of the Special Task Force on Petroleum Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) on 1st May, 2018 in their hideout in Kaduna State. The suspects confessed to have vandalized crude oil pipeline near Kakau Village in Kaduna State on 26/04/2018 and in the process siphoned Eleven Thousand, Four Hundred (11400) Litres of crude oil which they in turn sold at Five Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira (N580,000.00) to their sponsors. They have made useful statements and admitted to the crime. Effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large who are involved in the crime. Suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.

CASE 2: ARREST OF SUSPECTED CRUDE OIL PIPELINE VANDALS IN NIGER STATE

On the 27th April, 2018 at about 0230hrs, the Special Task Force on Petroleum Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) surveillance patrol team acting on a tip-off intercepted and arrested the following suspects, namely; Umar Abubakar, Aminu muhammed, Ismaila Jimoh (driver), Oni Ajibade, Musa Mohammed, Abubakar Usman while in the process of breaking the NNPC pipeline around BONU village in Guarara LGA of Niger State. The vandalized NNPC pipeline runs through Izon NNPc pump station to Minna NNPC Depot. Recovered from them were One Mercedes Benz Actross 3335 Tanker Truck with registration No. KJA 373 XN, One Peugeot 407 Saloon car with Reg. No. ABJ 37 BK.

CASE 3: ARREST OF SUSPECTED CRUDE OIL PIPELINE VANDALS IN DELTA STATE

The third gang members listed above were arrested on 26 April, 2018 at about 1800hrs by operatives of the IGP-STFPIB while on waterway patrol along Benneth community riverine area of Warri South, Delta State. They were arrested on the high sea while conveying the vandalized product to Warri south in Delta State. Recovered from them were One (1) speed Boat and Twenty Six (26) Jerry-cans of 25 litres containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) product suspected to be from WRPC/PPMC.

All the suspects admitted and confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime. Investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. All suspects will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

6. The Force calls for continuous cooperation and support from Nigerians to the Police personnel deployed throughout the Country. The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure secure and safe environment for economic growth and developments across the Country remains unequivocal and unwavering.

ACP JIMOH MOSHOOD

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

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