Police in Lagos have nabbed one Rasak Oyakunle alias Akeregun, alleged to have confessed to causing the Abule-Egba petroleum pipeline fire in Lagos last December.
Also arrested was a suspect previously declared wanted by the Police as the ring leader of the suspected pipeline vandals, Hon (Amb) Adedipo Dauda Ewenla.
They were paraded alongside four others who were in custody: Abdulazeez Agbola, 29 alias Biggy, Akin Ayansola, 44, alias Babalati, Kazeem 50, alias Aladija and Saheed Isiola 36, alias Obama.
According to Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, “the arrest of the suspected vandals followed the effort of State Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, who swung into action by picking up some pieces of evidence at the crime scene for analysis, this they informed led to the arrest of Rasak Oyakunle alias Akeregun the owner of an electric generator repairing workshop situated right on the spot where the ruptured pipeline was laid.”
The police boss further said during police investigations, the said suspect confessed that the location of the workshop on the petroleum pipeline was to enable them siphon fuel undetected.
Recall that there was a fire outbreak at Isopako Awori, Abule-Egba area of Lagos where fire emanated from NNPC pipeline reportedly caused by deliberate actions of vandals in their bid to siphon Premium Motor Spirit, PMS also called Petrol from the broken pipe.
The inferno that followed destroyed about 100 houses and 77 vehicles worth several millions of Naira.
In a related development, police also paraded some vandals caught digging and cutting electricity cable that supplies street light around White sand area, Orile Iganmu Lagos.
The suspects met their waterloo, when some people saw them and informed the FSARS Operatives attached to Ijora Badia Base.
The security operatives swiftly mobilised to the scene and arrested the following suspects:
Mohammed Yusuf, 18 years, Mohammed Babakur 30 years, Abu Zenou, 25 years.
Others are: Abdullahi Abba 37 years,Awam Abubakar, 22 years, Nurudeen Ogunseye, 46 years, Azeez Olayinka ‘m’ 20 years, Abdulrahman Momoh, 24 years, Mohammed Kabiru 27 years, Yusuf Mustapha, 23 years.
Recovered from them are electricity cables, knife and a hack saw.
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