Army parades oil bunkers in Kaduna


 The suspects have been handed over to police for investigation.

Abdullahi Garba

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday paraded two suspected oil pipeline vandals and illegal oil bunkerers who were arrested at Sabon Gina Village along former Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.

Parading the suspects to newsmen at the 1 Division Strike Force Base, Gonin Gora, Kaduna, the Commander, 41 Division Engineers and I Division Internal Security Force, Tagbubo Ude, said the two suspects were arrested on March 21 at about 2:15 a.m.

While handing the suspects over to the State Police Command for further investigation, the commander noted that two other suspects are still at large.

Explaining how the suspects were arrested, Mr. Ude said “our troops were alerted on the activities of some suspected oil pipeline vandals and illegal oil bunkers at Sabon Gida Village, which is about six kilometer off former Kaduna-Abuja road at the toll gate.”

“On getting there, the suspects took to their heels, however, two of them Usman Umar and Musa Inuwa were apprehended. While those at large are Mr. Chris and Mr. Musa Inuwa,” he said.

He affirmed that efforts are being made to track and apprehend them adding that the suspected economic saboteurs had also loaded 51,800 litres of diesel into of the vehicles.

“A preliminary investigation was conducted by the Military Intelligence and Military Police Units and today, we are handing over the suspects and the impounded items to Kaduna State Police Command of the Nigerian Police Force for further Investigation and prosecution.

“It is pertinent to say here that since the arrest of these men and confiscation of their vehicles and equipment there has not been a single incidence of oil pipeline vandalism or illegal oil bunkering in Kaduna State,” Mr. Ude said.

He called on law abiding citizens to always provide useful information that will lead to arrest of criminals in the society.

The four petroleum tankers arrested have the following registration numbers Gombe, XF 786 GME; Nasarawa, NSW 05 FA; Plateau, AA 413 AKW; and Sokoto, XA 445 GDA.

Other items recovered were: three generators, five large hoses, two punching bars, one drilling machine, one sledge hammer, one digger, three assorted tanker keys, one short hose, and welding appliances.

All the items and the suspects were handed over to Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, Yahaya Bello.