Police discover Lagos well where residents siphon, sell petroleum products

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The Nigerian Police

By Ifeanyi Okolie

Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, have found two wells, at Ejigbo space of Lagos State, which they stated is being utilized in siphoning and promoting petroleum merchandise from a pipeline belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Police sources disclosed to Vanguard, that two suspects, recognized as Vitoria Ogunsomi and Shafe Abayomi, who’re believed to be homeowners of the wells situated in No. four and a pair of, Surprise Avenue Ejibgo, Lagos, had been arrested when operatives of the IRT headed by deputy Commissioner of Police bought wind of their actions.

It was gathered {that a} group of operatives found that Ogunsomi and Abayomi dug 75-foot wells of their compound, which is situated few meters away from the NNPC pipeline, they usually linked pipes with submissive pumping machines into the nicely linking with the pipeline.

Sources defined that every time the NNPC is transporting its merchandise alongside the pipeline, Ogunsomi and Abayomi, whose buildings are situated aspect by aspect, will placed on their pumping machines and siphon the merchandise into jerry cans and tanker vehicles.

Vanguard realized that the suspects who had been alleged to have made tens of millions of naira from the enterprise, bumped into bother when IRT operatives bought wind of their actions by some residents of the world who had been frightened of their actions because it may result in huge fireplace outbreak that might have a devastating impact within the space.

The supply stated; “we bought calls from a involved resident within the space who alerted us concerning the actions of Mrs Victoria and Mr Abayomi who’re residents of Surprise Avenue, and alleged that residents have been siphoning petroleum merchandise from NNPC pipeline situated near their space.

“The supply advised us that these individuals have wells which have underground pipes linked to the NNPC pipeline inside space.

“The supply advised us that every time the NNPC is transporting its merchandise alongside that pipeline, their merchandise normally surge into these wells and they’re swiftly pumped into tanker vehicles by homeowners of the wells.

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“The supply advised us that the large vehicles usually come by night time to hold the merchandise. When we acted on the data, we stormed the buildings and located the wells with pipes and pumps in it and the stench of gas was each.

“At Mrs Victoria’s condo we discovered jerry cans crammed with petroleum merchandise, however Mr Abayomi neatly dismantled the pipes and pumping machine in his personal nicely earlier than we arrived in his personal compound.

“But we are currently working on tracing and apprehending people who have been buying these stolen products from them .” He acknowledged.

When Vanguard interviewed the suspects, Vitoria Ogunsomy, who’s 58-year-old and her neighbour, Shafe Abayomi, they advised Vanguard that they aren’t pipelined vandals, however they stated that they’ve frequently scoop petroleum merchandise from the ruptured NNPC pipeline situated near their home.

“They added that the petroleum merchandise circulation into their wells they usually promote them to individuals of their neighbourhood.

In their interview, Ogunsomy stated; “I’m from Okitupupa space of Ondo State. I’ve three youngsters however I’m a widow. My late husband purchased the land the place we constructed our home in 1984 and we dug that nicely within the 12 months 1999.

“We had been utilizing to water, however we later found that there was petrol in it. We contacted and alerted our landlord affiliation about it and all of us agreed that we are going to go to the police station and the Local Government however they suggested us to go to NNPC and the NNPC despatched two delegates to verify the state of affairs.

“The delegates got here they usually took a pattern of the water. After that, they didn’t come once more.

“I have been arrested before because I sold just three jerry can of this petrol to someone by SARS operatives in 2016, the police released me and warned me never to go close to the well again. I am sorry that I went to it again and I was arrested.” She lamented.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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Police discover Lagos well where residents siphon, sell petroleum products

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