The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force nabbed 43 oil bunkers and sealed-off property with 2.5 million litres of adulterated diesel at Alausa, ikeja.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force SP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the Agency acted on save our soul (SOS) petitions submitted to his office on illegal activities of these oil bunkers at Plot 8, Elephant Cement Way, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
SP Egbeyemi disclosed further that these arrested 43 oil bunkers were caught while mixing original diesel with kerosene and selling at a reduced price to the public.
He said premilinary investigation with available documents (reciepts) revealled that these illegal business has been on for over 7 years and adulterated diesel were supplied to the public particularly big companies across the state.
“Adulterated diesel worth 2.5 million litres were fully loaded inside gallons and 6 different trucks with registration numbers FST 615 XR, EPE 672 XC, DKW 05 XA, KTU 750 XN, BDG 717 XA, FKJ 327 XH and XR 95 LSD”.
The Chairman stated further that the newly signed Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Bill by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would safe guard against prevalence dysentery and other pandemics around us.
He enjoined members of the public to report to appropriate government authority any illegal or criminal activities around them through the Lagos Emergency Toll-free lines ‘112’ or ‘767’.
SP Egbeyemi however confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni has directed that all those arrested in connections with these adulterated diesel business be immediately charge to court.
Mechanics around the area complained that activities of these illegal oil bunkers was responsible for a fire outbreak that destroyed properties including 18 vehicles around the area recently.
Mr Anjorin Babalola a mechanic disclosed that they were afraid to make a report to government because they were being treathened by these notorious oil bunkers.
A food vendor who identified herself as Rebecca Ogunsanya while commending the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force said on daily basis different fully loaded 33,000 litres capacity trucks of both ‘NNPC’ and ‘Oando’ discharged diesel and kerosene inside the compound.
One of the arrested oil bunker Mr Iyiola Adeyinka (40yrs) from Ilero in Oyo State confirmed that the company ‘Jlobjin Petroleum Ltd’ belonged to one Alhaji Lukumon Ojena.
He confessed that they mixed diesel with kerosene on daily basis and supplied in large quantities to the public particularly communication companies and banks at cheaper rates across the State.
Mr. Adeyinka who stated that they make sales of over N20m everyday from adulterated diesel said government should help him as he was the only son of his family.
Another arrested worker of ‘Jlobjin Petroleum Ltd’ Mr. Nonso Mordi (25yrs) from ‘Ogwashr’ in Delta State claimed the business was very lucrative as individual of them were paid between N3k to N4k per day.
He said they had a very good contacts with major oil marketers who supplied them with diesel and keresene everday for thier business.