Senator Iroegbu and Grace Chimezie in Keffi
The Nigerian Army has intercepted 14 tankers conveying substance suspected to be crude oil on their way to Kano.
This was disclosed Friday by the Commandant Guards of Brigade, Brig-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe in Keffi, Nasarawa State where 22 suspects were paraded in connection with pipeline vandalism that occurred at Abaji on 10th of this month.
Atewe said the troops of 177 Guards Battalion stationed at Toto checkpoint intercepted the 14 tankers conveying substances suspected to be crude oil on their way to Kano.
He said: "One Mr. Joseph Amaechi attempted to bribe our troops with the sum of N140,000, which was rejected and the incident was promptly reported to the appropriate superior authority and the tankers subsequently impounded.
"Eleven of the tankers were carrying raw crude and two were carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) with one of the Tankers carrying diesel. They were immediately moved to 177 Guards Battalion in Keffi".
"Also, 1x AK 47 rifle and a magazine was recovered from one of the suspects", he added.
The Brigade Commandant said the principal suspect, Amaechi admitted that he and other members of his syndicate broke and siphoned the crude oil from the NNPC pipeline along Abaji in the FCT.