Dealer ar­rested over fuel scam

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A SUS­PECTED black mar­ket fuel dealer who turned vi­o­lent upon be­ing ar­rested by po­lice of­fi­cers while try­ing to pump hun­dreds of litres of diesel into a di­lap­i­dated, en­gine­less truck at a fill­ing sta­tion in Mutare is now fac­ing charges of un­der­min­ing po­lice au­thor­ity.

Johannes Tenga (44) — a.k.a Ny­atate — of Num­ber 606 Zimta in Chikanga caused a stir at Blue Star Ser­vice Sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 25 last week af­ter he — to­gether with some uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plices — pushed the dys­func­tional ve­hi­cle, to the fore­court with the in­ten­tion of fill­ing it with diesel.

This did not go down with other mo­torists who quickly con­tacted the po­lice to in­ter­vene.

Man­i­ca­land po­lice spokesman, In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the dis­tress call, po­lice of­fi­cers from Mutare Cen­tral quickly vis­ited the scene.

“Our of­fi­cers from Mutare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion re­ceived a call that there was a ri­otous mob at Blue Star Ser­vice Sta­tion along Aero­drome Road in Yeovil.

“Upon ar­rival at the fill­ing sta­tion, our of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered a Mitsubishi Can­ter truck (ABH 4498) be­ing pushed to­wards the pump by the ac­cused and his uniden­ti­fied col­leagues.

“On close in­spec­tion, our of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered that the ve­hi­cle was un­ser­vice­able and there were strong sus­pi­cions that the owner was us­ing it to ob­tain fuel then drain it for re­sale at the black mar­ket.

“The of­fi­cers also dis­cov­ered that the truck had a mod­i­fied fuel tank with a car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of more than 250 litres,” he said.

Insp Kako­hwa said Tenga be­came vi­o­lent when he was ad­vised by po­lice of­fi­cers that he was un­der ar­rest for caus­ing com­mo­tion at the ser­vice sta­tion.

“The sus­pect be­came wild and vi­o­lent. He ad­vanced to­wards the po­lice of­fi­cers be­fore pok­ing them in their faces and chests. He shouted on top of his voice that po­lice of­fi­cers had no right to con­trol fuel at the ser­vice sta­tion.

“Af­ter com­mit­ting the of­fence he ran away and left the ve­hi­cle at the fore­court. The truck was im­pounded and taken to Mutare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion. A fol­low up was made and the sus­pect was ar­rested and de­tained on charges of un­der­min­ing po­lice au­thor­ity.”

Insp Kako­hwa said Tenga was taken to court and was now out on $50 bail.

“We urge mem­bers of the pub­lic to be­have well in fuel queues and re­spect the next per­son. The po­lice will not tol­er­ate bul­lies who take the law into their hands and cause com­mo­tion through unortho­dox means to ac­quire fuel for re­sale at the black mar­ket. Mem­bers of the pub­lic must con­tact the near­est for po­lice sta­tion for as­sis­tance each time cases like these sur­face,” he said.

The sus­pect Johannes Tenga, alias Ny­atate, in black t-shirt, ar­gu­ing with po­lice of­fi­cers. IN­SET: The po­lice of­fi­cer who in­spected the ve­hi­cle shows that it had no en­gine.

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