The Nigeria Police on Sunday arrested a suspected pipeline vandal and seized a petrol tanker conveying 13, 800 litres of diesel in Aninri Local Government area of Enugu State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the suspect was arrested after a tip-off.
According to him the police also recovered pipeline drilling equipment, two pumping machines, pipeline sealants, a generating set and some spanners.
“The suspect alongside others now at large had allegedly stormed Umurah Ndeaboh bush on Dec. 31 at about 12 midnight in Aninri Local Government Area with their pipeline drilling equipment.
“With a Leyland 13,800-litre truck with registration number XF 312 PHC at a very long distance out of the vandalized area; they started siphoning the product (diesel) before police operatives acting on a tip closed in on them.“
He said that the police were on the trail of other suspects who escaped and assured that all those involved would be prosecuted.(NAN)