A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta has remanded a 54-year-old woman, Mojisola Ogunname, in prison custody after being charged with being a receiver of petroleum products siphoned from vandalised pipeline and illegal dealing in petroleum products by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State Command.
According to a release this morning by the spokesman of the Command, Kareem Olanrewaju, over two thousand, nine hundred and fifty(2,950) litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was found in her possession, the product she hid in her residential apartment.
The suspect, when asked about how she came about the product, said she do get the supply from various individuals, which the source could not be ascertained.
“I do buy 25 litre at #1,400 each and sell at #2000 and this gives me a profit of #600 per jerrycan of 25 litres. I often sell more than nine kegs of 25 litres on a daily basis and this fetches me, minimum of #5,400 a day”, she revealed.
Ogunname revealed who are customers are. According to her, “commercial motorists, motorcyclists and generator users are my regular customers and what attracts them most to me is the low price and availability of the product at any time of the day”.
Speaking to PM News on Ogunname’s arrest and subsequent prosecution, Civil Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO), Kareem Olanrewaju said, the woman is a perpetual receiver of stolen products, saying her arrest is part of State Commandant Aboluwoye’s strategy to curb vandalism.
He said the arrest of the receiver of vandalised petroleum products will affect its market and thus discourage vandalism of petroleum pipeline .
According to Olanrewaju, “we have decided to hit-hard on vandals from all angles so that it will become so difficult to vandalise and even some of them will be forced out of business. Our boss, Commandant Aboluwoye has given a standing order that any person arrested for vandalism related offences with proof be charged accordingly”, he stated.