Police intercept 3 truckloads of crude oil in Rivers
The Rivers State Police Command yesterday in Port Harcourt paraded three suspects who specialise in oil pipelines vandalisation. The suspects were arrested with three trucks laden with 55,000 litres of crude oil suspected to have been stolen from a Shell facility at Elelenwon in Port Harcourt.
The suspects were arrested on Friday, March 28, by the police monitoring team, attached to the office of the commissioner of police within Elelenwo/ /Akpajo Eleme road axis of Port Harcourt.
The state Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin, who paraded the suspects, said he drafted the monitoring team attached to his office to the scene of the oil bunkering after he was briefed about suspicious movement of some persons suspected to be oil pipelines vandals.
“As expected, the arrested suspects tried to evade arrest with tactics and antics, but our men who were very determined to end oil bunkering, especially in Rivers State, overpowered them and impounded their trucks. One of the suspects, Jonathan Okon, 49, who hails from Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, claimed to be an auto dealer and also confessed that one of the impounded trucks with registration number XF 869 PHC belong to him,” he said.