Oil theft: EFCC impounds Dangote truck, arrests 3

EFCC nabs illegal oil dealers with Dangote truck

By Godspower Edoza

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has arrested three suspected oil thieves using a truck belonging to Dangote Cement Company to transport stolen petroleum products.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested in Uyo,  Akwa Ibom State, by officers of the Second Brigade of the Nigerian Army.

He said, “The suspects were arrested by soldiers during a routine check. It was later discovered that instead of cement, the Dangote truck with Kano State registration number KNC 145 XA was conveying illegally refined petroleum product. The products were being conveyed to an unknown destination.”

The suspects concealed the products in huge cellophane bags numbering about 190 disguised as cement, according to EFCC.

“At the time of their arrest, the suspects could not produce any license that authorized them to deal in petroleum products. There was also no way bill to cover the conveyance of the said product,” Uwujaren said. 

He said the three suspects have since been handed over to the Uyo zonal office of EFCC. 

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