How We Use Fake Documents To Beat Security Agents — Suspected Pipeline Vandals
Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Unit have apprehended four suspected pipeline vandals, who specialised in printing fake way bills and other documents of major oil marketers in order to facilitate movement of stolen petroleum products within and outside Lagos State.
Recovered from the suspects were over 20,000 fake documents such as invoice and way bills of major oil marketers in the country.
Other documents found with the suspects included tickets and way bills of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Lagos Zonal council PTD branch of NUPENG, NUPENG stickers , NATO PTD Welfare scheme Limited , NARTO Western zone, NNPC tickets among others.
The suspects were alleged to have broken a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ,NNPC at Ogere , Ogun state, on December 28, 2015 where they siphoned some petroleum products. Thereafter, they reportedly set one of the broken portions ablaze .
Luck, however, ran against one of the suspects following his arrest on Sunday around Agric bus top, in Ikorodu area of Lagos, by operatives of the Unit’s intelligence section.
The suspect identified as Mutiu Bello was arrested while conveying the 22,000 litres of the suspected stolen petroleum products to Ondo state.
When a search was conducted round his apartment in Ikorodu, one hundred and fifty jerry cans(50 litres) filled with the suspected siphoned petroleum products were reportedly recovered .
During interrogation , Bello, popularly called Omoja, according to the Officer-in- charge of the Unit, Mr Valentine Olumese, a Chief Superintendent of Police , mentioned three other persons as his accomplices.
Explaining , Oluemese said the operatives disguised as vandals and contacted one of those mentioned by Bello to get them some documents, “on arrival the suspected vandal was arrested.”