A commercial motorcyclist has been arrested by Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The man identified as Nnana Okorie was arrested for allegedly engaging in pipeline vandalism at Obawole, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. He was caught with a 45,000-litre tanker laden with petrol on Monday.
According to Punch Metro, it was reported that men of the NSCDC Anti-Vandal unit, Lagos State command, swung into action after receiving a tip-off that some suspected vandals were carting away a fuel-laden tanker from the area.
On sighting the operatives, the driver of the tanker, identified simply as Ifeanyi, and an escort, reportedly took to their heels, while Okorie was apprehended.
The suspect, who was paraded on Wednesday at the NSCDC office in Ikeja, told Punch’s correspondent that he struck a relationship with Ifeanyi after he (Okorie) picked him as a passenger a few weeks ago.
Okorie said his pregnant wife died recently at a hospital while she was in labour and her corpse was deposited in a mortuary.
The native of Aba, Abia State, said he told Ifeanyi that he needed money to pay the hospital and mortuary bills and perform the burial of his late wife. According to him:
“My wife died with pregnancy in January and I needed money to bury her. I had approached other people for help without any luck. I picked Ifeanyi as a passenger a few weeks ago and during our discussion, I told him my problem.
He said he wanted to drive a tanker to Lagos and asked if I could join him. He promised to give me some money when we return. We came to Lagos last week around 11pm. I have never been to Lagos before. He parked the tanker somewhere and called a man he referred to as his boss on the telephone.
A few minutes later, the boss and an escort came to where the tanker was parked and took it away with Ifeanyi.
The suspect explained that the three men returned two hours later with the tanker filled with fuel, adding that he knew nothing about how they got the fuel.
“As soon as we wanted to leave with the fuel-laden tanker, some NSCDC officials in a van started trailing us.
“Ifeanyi quickly parked the truck and ran away. His boss and the escort also fled.
“I am a stranger in Lagos and did not know where to run to. That was how I was arrested,” he added.