Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu has said that his command is responsible and active, stressing that his officers and men are good at responding promptly to information.
Nigerian Pilot had last Thursday reported activities of fuel hawkers in the satellite towns of Karu, Jikwoyi and Kurudu axis and as a result, the police operatives raided a fuel depot in Kurudu, where they made arrest and seized product in over fifty jerry cans and burnt several other empty ones.
The police also removed numbers plate of a red Madza car parked by the popular MTN mast junction, Kurudu, which serves as a storing van for some of the fuel hawkers.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nigerian Pilot, CP Inalegwu stated that his command is working tirelessly in ensuring that it rid the FCT of illegal fuel business.
The FCT police boss also vowed to prosecute the offenders of illegal fuel trade, revealing that several cases have been initiated in various courts in the territory.
Inalegwu said, “We have done a lot of work in the metro in the federal capital city, FCC and this operation is not limited to the city centre alone. We expand it to the satellite towns but you also have to appreciate some of the constrains we have. This is not only our assignment chasing robbers. Of course you are aware that we’ve killed some robbery suspects in Jikwoyi the other day. That was a mass attack and we repelled the attack, killed some. Others fled with bullet wounds and we seize a large cache of weapons. These are the things we think you should showcase.
“If you interview people in the city they will tell you that police have done well in this fight against fuel hawkers so am happy and we are a responsible command. When information is brought to our attention; we act on it without delay as it has been demonstrated by our quick response to you report in Jikwoyi case.
He said the war against fuel hawkers in jerry cans is an ongoing exercise that will be sustained until the streets are free of such hawkers.
“We got about five vehicles with drums weathered to in the booth and all this we display to the press and we are prosecuting all of them. And it is a sustained operation. When you listen to radios, you don’t hear of car theft or car snatch. This was a very big thin in Abuja but nobody asked cars why cars are no longer been stolen in the FCT. They didn’t just stop. It is the pressure and the arrest some of them are already in the custody and some are on the run that means they are now fugitives and they don’t have the time to plan their nefarious activities.

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