NIGERIA: Police arrests a suspected pipeline vandal in Enugu

A suspected petroleum pipeline vandal and truck driver, Okechukwu Okeke was on December 30, 2015, arrested by the operatives of the Aninri Division of the Enugu state command of the Nigeria Police Force while a tanker truck with 13,800 litres of stolen Premium Motor Spirit was seized.

According to the Command, the suspect alongside with others now at large had allegedly stormed Umurah Ndeaboh bush on December 24, 2015 at about 12 midnight where petroleum pipeline is said to have passed with their pipeline drilling equipment, two pumping machines,pipeline sealants, generator, some spanners and with a leyland 13,800 litres truck with registration number XF 312 PHC and had already tampered with the pipeline and were siphoning it into their waiting truck kept at a very long distance out of the vandalized area before the eagle eyed operatives already acting on a tip closed them up.

The hoodlums took to their heels but the operatives had to recover their half filled truck with AGO otherwise known as diesel as well as their implements and followed up search which led to the arrest of Okechukwu Okeke on December 30. During the interrogation, Okeke disclosed that he is from Umuhu Awgu in Awgu Local Government Area Of Enugu state and 28 years old but lives in Alese Eleme by Portharcourt Refinery Road Rivers state.

He further stated that he is the owner of the truck which he used to drive at times but claimed that he also have a driver and that it was one Ejike whom he does not know where he came from and where he lives that drove the truck. He added that for a period of one month that he has never seen Ejike with his truck from where they used to park at refinery park but confirmed that he has not reported any case of his missing driver and truck to the police.

Meanwhile a full scale investigations have commenced by the operatives of the Anti Vandalization Unit of the State criminal intelligence and Investigations Department of the Enugu state police command with a view to unmasking those behind the illicit incident as suspect Okeke is now helping the operatives in their investigations.

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