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Police Arrest Suspected Crude Oil Smuggling Trucks, Operators In Enugu

Two trucks that are allegedly being used to smuggle petroleum products—likely crude oil—have been stopped and detained by Nigeria Police Force agents affiliated with the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB).

According to a press release on Sunday, 21st April 2024 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the trucks were identified as a MAN-Diesel open-body truck with registration number LGT 775 XA and a DAF XF open-body truck with registration number FKY 245 YF. Upon sighting our personnel, the drivers attempted to flee and resist arrest, but they were eventually apprehended by the vigilant officers.

Both trucks were found to be loaded with petroleum products, concealed in GeePee tanks covered with tarpaulin. Each car was laden with 38 GeePee tanks. The interception occurred at Obollo-Afor in Enugu State. The trucks, along with the petroleum product, have been securely impounded at the Obollo-Afor Divisional Police Headquarters, while further investigation into the matter is currently ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun has reiterated that the Nigeria Police remained committed to combating purveyors of illegal activities which sabotage the economy such as petroleum smuggling, bunkering and the like, and will continue to work tirelessly to dismantle their operations; while urging well-meaning members of the public to cooperate with the Police by providing timely and relevant information necessary for curbing these criminal activities in our society.

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