By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Police in Lagos have burst the ring of a notorious syndicate believed to be behind the spate of pipeline vandalism in the state, arresting no fewer than five members of the gang.
The suspects were to be barons in the business, based on the nature of their operations and exhibits recovered from them.
Identified as Chibuzor Nwoko, 25, Amida Taoreed, 37, Abdulrazak Mohammed, 47, Olagun Nurudeen, 27, and Adedeji Adeshina, the suspects according to report were apprehended while vandalising Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline at Abule- Egba area of Ekoro in Alimosho council area of the state.
Two 33, 000 litres of tankers lorries without registration number plates and one Mahindra motorcycle with NNPC plate were said to have been recovered from the suspects.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, Edgal Imohimi made the disclosure Monday, while parading the suspects along other criminals at the command headquarter.
He disclosed that the suspects were arrested by decoy operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the command following intelligence report.
Aside the arrest of the suspects, Edgal hinted that the operatives ensured that there was prevention of possible fire out break and economic sabotage by the vandals.
” Soon after arresting the suspects, the command contacted the NNPC maintatenance unit to repair and stop the leakages while the Police and Fire Service men were on standby to protect lives and property “, the police boss stated.
Edgal therefore enjoined members of the public to watch out for vandals and give information about there activities to security agents in order to prevent economic sabotage and save lives.