The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested six suspects in connection with the theft of a petrol tanker in the state.
The tanker was said to be loaded with 40,000 litres of petroleum products worth ₦6.2m.
This was contained in a statement by the state Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammad Jalige in Kaduna on Monday.
The P.R.O stated that the Command, on the 19th of April, 2022, received a complaint from one Bakura Bukar that he entrusted his truck with number plate No BAM 02 XA loaded with 40,000 litres of petrol valued at N6,208,000 to his driver for onward delivery from Lagos to Kaduna.
Following the breakdown of the truck as a result of flat tyres, three unidentified men in a Sedan car attacked the driver and the “motor boy”, eventually making away with the truck.
The victims who were earlier taken to a nearby bush where they were tied later struggled to free themselves. Having returned to the road, they discovered that the truckload of PMS have been taken away to an unknown destination.
The statement read, “With the strength of the report, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command ordered for a full-scale investigation into the matter as detectives were immediately detailed and swung into action with a view to apprehending the culprits.
“The team acted on intelligence and succeeded in arresting three suspects namely; Habibu Mohammed, Halilu Mohammed, and Isa Mohammed in connection with the offences.
“Further investigations revealed that two filling stations were used in disposing the stolen products. The operators of the said filling stations who are strong collaborators of the crime were equally apprehended namely; Isa Yusuf, Sutajo Lawal, and Stephen Habila.
“The operatives pushed the process of investigation further and also recovered the operational vehicle of the criminals, one (1) Jackknife, and the stolen fuel truck as well as the PMS product.”
According to the statement, the suspects have since confessed to being a syndicate who are notorious for such activities and are currently assisting the process of investigation.