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Navy hands over 5 suspected oil thieves to Police in Lagos

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The Nigerian Navy (NNS) has handed over five suspected oil thieves to Lagos State Police Command .
The suspects were handed to the State Commissioner of Police by Commander Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos, Commodore Kolawale Oguntuga on Friday.
Commodore Oguntade, said the suspects were arrested on the waterways in Itolu community, Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday, by NNS operatives patrol team, stationed at Forward Operations Base (FOB) Lekki.
Oguntade ,said the operatives heard a gun shots and in a swift response to a distress call by some youths in the area, the suspects were arrested, while other members of the gang, who they also sighted in two other wooden boats, escaped immediately the operatives arrived.
He said that the team recovered a boat engine and arrested four suspects wearing clothes with inscription,Tantitan Security Pipeline Surveillance employees and one boat operator.
“Upon arrival at the scene, the naval team met four individuals dressed in black polo shirts with TANTITAN inscribed on the back, trying to recover a dismantled outboard engine from a local.
“It was after their arrest that the patrol team realised that the four individuals were part of a movement of a large wooden boat with two fibre boats.
“The four individuals beckoned on the two fibre boats to approach them, but when they noticed NN patrol teams, the boats altered courses, fled and abandoned the large wooden boat laden with 11 x 1000L Geepee tanks with product suspected to be stolen crude oil,” he said.
Oguntade said the suspects were handed over to the police as part of the synergy in crime fighting by NNS, for further investigation and prosecution.
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr Idowu Owohunwa, who recieved the suspects,and exhibit at the command’s headquarters Ikeja, commended the NNS for the synergy in crime fighting in the state.
Owohunwa,said that the handing over of the suspects to the police, a sign that security agencies operating in Lagos were united in crime fighting.
“We are taking the suspects for further investigation. We will track down those at large. This synergy is a continuous operation,” he said.
Five suspects and one boat engine were paraded before newsmen at Ikeja.
While the 11 x 1000L Geepee tanks with products suspected to be stolen crude oil were left in the custody of the NNS in Lekki.

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