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Police Arrest Suspected Tanker Hijackers, Recover 40,000ltrs Of Petrol

The suspects arrested by the police.



The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspected infamous petroleum tanker hijackers within the Mile 2 space of the state.

Police Operatives from Itire Division made the arrest after intercepting a tanker loaded with 40,000 litres of petroleum product alongside Iyana-Itire pin down level.

The suspects are Charles Obllomo (37) and Osita Onyeka (35) whereas the truck driver, Muhammadu Mande, (42) and the conductor, Lawali Usman, (34) have been rescued within the course of.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed in a press release on Sunday that the suspects have been apprehended whereas performing on the power of data from a dependable supply.

“In his statement, the truck driver averred that his truck loaded with 40, 000 litres of PMS at Swift Depot, Apapa was billed for Kontagora, Niger State.

“That on getting to a bad portion of the road at Mile 2, four men in military uniform stopped him and asked what product he was carrying before ordering him and his conductor out of the truck into a red Toyota Corolla,” the assertion stated.

Obllomo and Onyeka have been stated to have taken possession of the truck whereas the motive force and his conductor have been sandwiched by the 4 males in navy uniform within the automotive.

According to Elkana, the truck was driving behind the automotive and heading to an unknown vacation spot earlier than it was intercepted by the police.

Mande initially thought the hijackers have been navy males on cease and search obligation till they began beating him and his conductor and threatened to kill them in the event that they refuse to observe their orders.

However, the 4 suspects in navy uniforms escaped with bullet wounds after a fierce battle with the police.

“The Truck and the Toyota Corolla were recovered and moved to the Police Station. Two pairs of vehicle plate numbers and military caps were recovered in the Corolla.

“The truck containing the PMS was handed over to the owner, Sani Samaila ‘m’ 55 years old, the Manager, Petroleum Nigeria Limited, Kontagora, Niger State,” the assertion added.

Samaila decried that truck homeowners have suffered a variety of losses from the actions of hijackers up to now with out treatment.

He defined that the syndicate often hijack vans and offload the content material in places, largely exterior Lagos, and abandon the truck for the homeowners to seek out after some days or even weeks.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to take over the investigation and be certain that the fleeing suspects have been arrested.

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