By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Six suspects have been apprehended by the Kaduna State Police Command over alleged stealing of 40,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mohammed Jalige, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday April 25, 2022.
“On the 19th April, 2022 at about 1000hrs the Kaduna Police Command received a complaint through the Area Commander Jere Area Office to fact that the complainant one Bakura Bukar ‘M’ of Mararaban Jos, Kaduna on the 16th April, 2022 entrusted his truck with Reg.No BAM 02 XA loaded with 40,000 litres of PMS valued at six million two hundred and eight thousand naira (N6,208,000.00) to his driver for onward delivery from Lagos to Kaduna.
“On the 18th April, 2022 at about 2300hrs at Issah U-turn along Abuja – Kaduna road, the driver had a flat tyre and have to pull off the road in order to replace the deflated tyre.
“Three unknown persons came in a sedan car and attacked him and his motor boy.
“They took and tied them in a nearby bush. The victims later struggled and free themselves and returned to the road and discovered that the truck load of PMS have been taken away to an unknown destination, hence the report,” it said.
It explained that with the strength of the report, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command ordered for a full scale investigation into the matter as detectives were immediately detailed and swung into action with a view to apprehending the culprits.
The team acted on intelligence and succeeded in arresting three suspects namely; Habibu Mohammed, Halilu Mohammed and Isa Mohammed in connection with the offences.
Further investigations revealed that two filling stations were used in disposing the stolen products. The operators of the said filling stations who are strong collaborators of the crime were equally apprehended namely; Isa Yusuf, Sutajo Lawal and Stephen Habila.
The operatives pushed the process of investigation further and also recovered the operational vehicle of the criminals, one (1) Jack knife and the stolen fuel truck as well as the PMS product.
“Meanwhile, the suspects have since confessed to have been a syndicate who are notorious for such act and are currently assisting the process of investigation.
“They will all be charged to court on completion of same. However a deliberate effort by the Command is geared towards apprehending all the remaining syndicate members as well as their collaborators if any in order to prevent future occurrence,” it said.
The Commissioner of Police CP Yekini A. Ayoku psc+, mni therefore, called on the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association (PTD) to take advantage of the command’s designated emergency contacts to report any breakdown of tanker along the road so that a nearby Police formation will be contacted for security coverage through the period of repair.