Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissio, EFCC, has arrested four suspects for conspiracy, economic sabotage and diversion of 55,000 litres of petrol valued at N4,757,500 in Kano.

A statement issued by the Head of Media of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, and made available to reporters in Kano on Thursday stated that the discovery was made by an operative of the commission who was on a routine surveillance of petrol stations in the state.

He said the operative discovered a tanker with registration number AGL 837 SH belonging to Total Nigeria Plc while discharging the premium motor spirit into the dump of a filling station in the metropolis.

Uwujaren stated that preliminary investigations revealed that the product was loaded in Lagos on February 25, 2016, and arrived Kano March 4, 2016, where necessary documents were reportedly carried out at the NNPC depot to enable (Total) owner of the product to access petroleum equalization and bridging funds.

However, the manifest from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Kano Depot also revealed that the product was expected to be discharged at Beha Tech Filling State Giade Local Government Area of Bauchi State but was diverted to a filling station in Kano.

The statement further stated that the product was reportedly purchased by the filling station at N140 per litre, totalling N7.7 million for the 55,000 litres.

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