A mild drama occurred in Akute community of Ogun State, as suspected pipeline vandals jumped into a river in an attempt to escape police arrest.
The incident occurred when a police team on a tip-off swooped on the vandals during their illegal operations at Akute Odo by Ishasi Creek Akute in Ifo Local Government Area of the State on Wednesday.
This happened at about 1.00 a.m.
The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
“The Ogun State police command has burst a gang of Pipeline Vandals at Akute Odo by Ishasi Creek Akute in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State when some Vandals were operating on the Creek on Wednesday 23rd Dec 2015 at 0100hrs,” he said.
”The Police operatives attached to Ota Area Command and Ajuwon Division acting on information moved to the Creek and met the Vandals in the act but fled into the sea on sighting the police team leaving behind their 4 operational Boats /Boat engines, 7 vehicles, 30 and 50 litre Jerry cans with petrol (PMS) etc’,” Mr. Adejobi said.
In a related development, the police operatives attached to Ogijo Division of the command have intercepted a full loaded truck of petrol suspected to be vandalised product on Friday
Mr. Adejobi disclosed that the driver of the truck also jumped into the bush on sighting the police and abandoned the truck. He said the apprehended truck is presently in police custody for further investigation.
He said the command is mindful of the possible increase in activities of vandals at this period due to the present fuel crises and added that the police command has put in place measures to protect all vulnerable points and installations and subdue any form of vandalization in the state.
Mr. Adejobi added that the Commissioner of Police has commended the police operatives and members of the public who alerted the police of the criminal acts of vandals, for their patriotism.