JUST IN: 6 men arrested at Water Works Ogbomoso with 2 trailers carting away equipment
Nemesis caught up with six men Tuesday morning at the Ogbomoso Water Works while attempting to cart away equipment valued at millions of naira.
The suspects were caught with two articulated vehicles otherwise known as trailers (with registration numbers Katsina FTA 497 XA and Katsina MLF 284 XA) to transport the items and a Hayab truck to lift the materials into the trailers.
A Toyota Corolla (Lagos KTU 687 GJ) belonging to the men was also seized from them.
The drivers of the two trucks and of the hayab were also apprehended.
The arrest was effected by indigenes spearheaded by members of Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum (OCYF).
“When OCYF learnt of the heinous act we swung into action by inviting men of the Park Managers led by Comrade Jimoh Aderemi, who helped to round them up,” president of OCYF, Rev’d Peter Olaleye told newsmen.
The men were caught while committing the act.
Items that had been arranged for evacuation included concrete water pipes, giant generating sets, an old Peugeot 504 car and so on.
“The pipes were already packed neatly and tied with ropes ready for lifting into the vehicles when we stormed there after getting wind of the development.”
However, the suspects denied they were attempting to steal the items saying they were auctioned items purchased by their boss, one Festus, and that the items were to be taken to Kaduna.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com spoke with the leader of team, Bayo Babatunde, who insisted that they were not thieves.
According to him, their boss, CEO of Naftess Enterprises, got approval from the state government, to evacuate the items, which he described as scraps and obsolete materials that had been auctioned to his boss.
Asked to produce a copy of the approval letter, he couldn’t.
One of the drivers of the trucks who also spoke with ogbomosoinsightonline.com, and who gave his name as Muntari, from Katsina state but based in Ibadan, meanwhile disclosed that he knew nothing about it except that he was contracted to help convey the items to Kaduna, 40 pipes to be loaded in each of the trailers along with other items.
He disclosed they agreed on N850, 000 (eight hundred and fifty thousand naira) fee to transport the items to Kaduna adding that they already gave him N100, 000 (hundred thousand naira) advance fee.
Rev’d Olaleye further disclosed that they first were alerted of the plan about two months ago and “so we have remained vigilant. When we got to know the suspects were around today we quickly mobilized to the location to thwart them.
“We understand that place has been subjected to serial looting like that in the past by unscrupulous elements. How can they be robbing us of our patrimony?” He fumed.
In the meantime the suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigations.