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Illegal Fuel Depot Uncovered in Lagos by Navy, Five Arrested

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An illegal fuel depot containing approximately 6,5000 liters of Automotive Gasoline Oil was discovered by the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft in Lekki, Lagos State.

The depot, located at No 3 SilverBird Road, Ilasun Lekki, was uncovered on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, leading to the arrest of five suspects.

According to a statement released on that same day, the syndicate leader, Ahmed Ariyo, and four others were apprehended in a private apartment where they were engaged in illegal activities.

Commodore Rafiu Oladejo, the Commander of NNS Beecroft, stated in the release that the total value of the products discovered is estimated to be around N89 million based on the current price of AGO N1,350.

Detailing further, the statement mentioned, “Nigerian Navy Ship Neecroft uncovered an illegal fuel depot and apprehended five suspects at No 3 SilverBird Road, Ilasun Lekki, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. The leader of the syndicate, Ahmed Ariyo, and four accomplices were caught in a private apartment where their illegal activities took place.

“The discovery of this illegal fuel depot followed credible intelligence received by NNS Beecroft regarding suspicious activities at Elegushi beach. This prompted the deployment of NNS Beecroft Quick Response Team to the area, leading to the discovery and arrest of the suspects.

“The unauthorized fuel depot comprises eight storage tanks, each with a capacity of 50,000 liters, holding about 57,000 liters of AGO; in addition, a tanker with approximately 7,000 liters onboard, and a bus filled with 30 jerry cans amounting to around 1,500 liters. The total volume of AGO discovered is approximately 65,000 liters, valued at an estimated N89 million based on the current price of AGO N1,350.

“By estimating the total capacity of the storage facility located in the apartment, the eight tanks, if filled with AGO, would amount to about 400,000 liters, which is roughly N500 million.”

The commodore also revealed that the suspects likely acquired the products through “pipeline vandalism, illegal vendors at sea, as well as other unlawful methods along the coastline.

“Commodore Oladejo emphasized that NNS BEECROFT will persist in its endeavors to pursue oil thieves and other criminal elements as directed by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu, ”

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