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Man Arrested With 47 Kegs Of Fuel

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 8:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Funmi Falobi  –  Lagos


On Monday, Innocent Nwoevo was taken unawares by Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) officials at his shop in Ogba where he carries out illegal oil business.

He was caught at 6, Abiodun Jagun Street with 47 pieces of 50 litres kegs fully loaded with petroleum product otherwise known as PMS.

Customers and the people in the neighbourhood know Nwoevo as food stuffs seller. He sells rice, beans and noodles but unknown to them, he uses that as cover.

On how he was apprehended, Executive Secretary, Ojodu LCDA, Mallam Ahmed Jaji said he received a call on Sunday from a resident who gave him tip about the loading of petroleum in Nwoevo’s shop and he immediately swung into action.

“The fact that he stored very highly inflammable product in the shop contrary to impression that he sells rice and beans and when you consider the proximity to the estate, we thank God that we are able to nail the disaster in the bud.

“We’ve been able to take proactive action to prevent likelihood of large scale inferno because the 47 pieces of 50 litres kegs were fully loaded and stored in a particular place without necessary safety equipment.

“On our part, we have done our own, we will hand him over to members of the Nigeria Civil and Security Defence Corps who are solely responsible for issues bothering on bunkering,” he said.

It was learnt that Nwoevo has been in the business for three months. Residents and traders in the area had complained and on some occasions, reported him to the police, however, he always regain freedom after arrest.  Mr. Rasaki Ogunrinola, Head of Environmental team, Ojodu LCDA who led the team, said that findings in the neighbourhood revealed that Nwoevo started the illegal business in April this year.

“We have evacuated the whole keg to the council secretariat and he will be handed over to the civil defence.” Iyaloja, Ogba Retail Market, Mrs. Ganiyat Kazeem also confirmed that he started the illegal bunkering three months ago and “we have warned him severally,” he said. But Nwoevo said that he began the business a month ago.   “I have seven shops in Ogba before but the boys working with me stole my money. N800,000 and N600,000 were stolen at different times. When they were arrested, I could not recover my money.

“I  only got N2,000 from some of them. Now I have just two shops where I sell food stuffs and when you come to the shop, you will think I am making money whereas I am not. “The economy situation in the country is worse. I started this business a month. This is my second time of loading petroleum. I have to go into the business because I need to take care of my children and feed them.”