Oyo State Police Command has apprehended five persons allegedly specialised in hijacking fuel tanker on highways.
According to the command they recently wore fake military uniform and hijacked a tanker filled with 31,000 litres of engine oil at Agbowo Express in Ibadan.
It was gathered that they had successfully snatched the tanker. But the tanker and the 31,000 litres of the engine oil were recovered by men of the Oyo State police command, when the consignment was being offloaded at a fuel station at Ogungbade, along Ibadan-Ife Express.
The driver of the hijacked truck with Registration Number: KWARA FUF-162XA, Mr. Yusuf Lukman, told newsmen that he loaded the tanker at Flour Mills Depot in Lagos and was taking the consignment to Ilorin in Kwara State before he was attacked at Agbowo Express, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ibadan, adding that he works with the Mannabis Ventures Ilorin.
According to him: “At Agbowo Express, a car was parked at the middle of the road. They were six and four among them wore military uniform. They stopped me and asked me to park. They were angry, asking if I wanted to crush them with the truck. I apologised.
“Before I knew what was happening, they bundled me into their car and drove me to Oyo town. Some of them also drive the tanker away from the scene.
“I escaped when we got to Oyo town and I came to Ibadan immediately, where I reported the matter to the police.
Also, Manager of the fuel station, Tunde Oyebamiji, where the tanker and the 31,000 engine oil were recovered said his assistant at the station handled the transaction, adding that the transaction started last week Thursday.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, also told Journalists that: “This is a case of highway robbers. It has been a very big problem for us and we thank God that the change in strategy has now led to this very important achievement.