Lagos Taskforce Nabs 43 Oil Bunkering Suspects, Seals Off Property 

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By Chiemelie Ezeobi

The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force at the weekend nabbed 43 oil bunkering suspects and sealed-off a property with 2.5 million litres of alleged adulterated diesel at the Alausa area of Ikeja.

THISDAY had gathered that mechanics around the area had complained that the activities of these illegal oil bunkers were responsible for a fire outbreak that destroyed properties including 18 vehicles around the area recently.

One of the mechanics, Anjorin Babalola, said they were afraid to make a report to government because they were being threatened by these notorious

oil overlords.

A food vendor, who identified herself as Rebecca Ogunsanya, while commending the operatives of the  taskforce, said on a daily basis, different fully loaded 33,000-litre capacity trucks always discharge diesel and kerosene inside the compound.

Confirming the incident, the Taskforce Chairman,  Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, said the agency acted on save-our-soul (SOS) petitions submitted to his office.

He said the complainants had tipped off the police about the illegal activities of these oil bunkers at Plot 8, Elephant Cement Way, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

Egbeyemi said the arrested suspects were caught while mixing original diesel with kerosene and selling it at a reduced price to the public.

He said preliminary investigation with available documents and receipts revealed that the alleged illegal business had been on for over seven years.

He said the purported adulterated diesel were supplied to the public particularly big companies across the state.

He said: “Adulterated diesel worth 2.5 million litres was fully loaded inside gallons and six different trucks with registration numbers FST 615 XR, EPE

672 XC, DKW 05 XA, KTU 750 XN, BDG 717 XA, FKJ 327 XH and XR 95 LSD.

“The newly signed Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was designed to safeguard the public.”

He also enjoined members of the public to report to appropriate government authorities any illegal or criminal activities around them through the Lagos emergency toll-free lines ‘112’ or ‘767.

Already, he said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that all those arrested in connection with the deal be immediately charged to court.

One of the arrested suspects, 40-year-old Iyiola Adeyinka, confirmed that the company ‘Jlobjin Petroleum Ltd’ belonged to one Alhaji Lukumon Ojena.

He confessed that they mix diesel with kerosene on daily basis and supply them in large quantities to the public, particularly communication companies and banks at cheaper rates across the state.

He said they make sales of over N20million everyday from the sales of these adulterated diesel, adding that the  government should help him as he was the only son of his family.