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2 Suspects Arrested for Economic Sabotage, Diversion of N46m Aviation Fuel

The operatives of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (Force-CID), Lagos Annex, Alagbon, have arrested two suspects for their complicity in a case of economic sabotage and diversion of aviation fuel worth N46 million.

A statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, Force-CID, Lagos Annex, Alagbon, DSP Oluniyi Ogundeyi gave the name of the suspects as Tope Ojo and Nojeem Haruna, both male.

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Their arrest followed a petition addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) by a civic-minded Nigerian, alerting the Force-CID of plots by some hoodlums to intercept and divert petroleum products worth billions of Naira.

Preliminary investigations by the Annex, in compliance with the IGP’s directives, revealed that a tanker-trailer loaded with aviation fuel was intercepted by the principal suspect – Tope Ojo, and his gang members at Ilesha in Osun State.

The suspects, having taken control of the tanker-trailer, successfully trans-loaded the product into another tanker before proceeding to maliciously destroy the initial tanker conveying the product.

Detailed investigations conducted by the Force-CID, Lagos Annex, Alagbon, have since established a prima facie case of economic sabotage, diversion of aviation fuel, stealing and malicious damage, against the arrested suspects and other members of their gang still at large.

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Meanwhile, investigators from the Annex are beaming their search light on habitual receivers of these stolen products and other suspects that aid and abet the crime, by providing transportation and storage facilities for the stolen products.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in-charge of the Force-CID, Lagos Annex, Alagbon, AIG Frank Mba has charged the investigators to ensure that all suspects linked to the crime are arrested and brought to book.

The AIG noted that economic sabotage has dire consequences on national development, and therefore must be confronted frontally.

He further assured members of the public of prompt and unbiased investigations of all pending and new cases submitted to the office.

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Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email: ismail.aniemu@aol.com

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