Police uncover illegal oil depot in Oregun, arrest suspected kingpin
Eight senior citizens docked over alleged N400 million document theft
The Lagos State Police Command has uncovered an illegal oil depot located underneath the Oregun-Opebi Link Bridge in Onigbongbo Local Council, arresting eight suspects in the process.
The illegal oil depot was uncovered during a joint raid by men of the Lagos Police Command and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), led by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Fatai Owoseni and the RRS Commander, Mr. Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Owoseni, who briefed journalists shortly after inspecting the area, alongside officials of the State Lands Bureau, said the suspects had been engaging in adulteration of petroleum products, which they then sell to unsuspecting members of the public.
“With what we have seen on ground, the magnitude of the activities taking place here, it shows that this probably must have been happening for some period, it could be years that people don’t get noticed and this could explain why some people would buy new cars, new generators and they would tell you that they put fuel inside it but the engine got knocked, these are probably the criminal minds behind these things.
“They have so many drums; they even have plenty tankers here and they must have been doing this for long. They take the adulterated products out to go and sell to unsuspecting members of the public and we end up with people having their valuable items destroyed and in some cases leading to fire incidents.”
Owoseni said the police would cordon off the area immediately, pending the conclusion of the investigation process.“Since this has been uncovered, a stop is going to be put to what is happening right here, because of the illegal activities of the bunkerers. You have mechanics here who are here illegally, you have food vendors here and once the illegal business taking place here is taken away, they also have to relocate somewhere else and run their business legitimately,” he said.
In another development, eight elderly men, who allegedly stole complete documents of a landed property valued at N400 million, were yesterday docked before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The accused are Amisu Alao, 74; Afolabi Dosunmu, 65; Adams Adebayo, 50; Saliu Shanu, 52; Oseni Olukola, 49; Agbaiaka Samusideen, 58; Akintunde Rasaq, 58, and Segun Egbayelo, 70.
They are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, threat to life and breach of the peace. The prosecutor, Cpl. Friday Mameh, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences sometimes in 2013 at No. 3 Expressway Sand Depot, Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos.
He said that the accused stole a land document valued at N400 million, belonging to one Mr. Owoseni Agbayelo. All the accused pleaded not guilty to the eight counts.The Magistrate, Mrs. Abimbola Komolafe, admitted the accused to a N500,000 bail each, with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till January 24.