A combined team of security operatives made up of the Police, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Friday discovered ten oil wells in the Ilasamaja area of Lagos.
The security operatives, led by the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, stormed Ibadan and Abeokuta streets in the Ilasamaja area of Lagos State where they discovered about 10 houses which dug wells linked to oil pipelines through which diesel was siphoned.
According to The Punch, the operatives were shocked to see jerrycans filled with diesel extracted from the wells.
The occupants of the houses were asked to evacuate to prevent fire disaster.
A policeman said that operatives discovered the illegal oil wells after going undercover to buy diesel.
He said, “The Divisional Police Officer and her men were patrolling the area about 4am and saw some residents coming out with jerrycans of diesel from those houses. The policemen pretended they also wanted to buy diesel and that was how the suspects were arrested.
“So far, four landlords have been arrested. Others are on the run but the tenants in those houses are being quizzed to show their level of complicity.”
Some of the suspects arrested are identified as Moji Adesina, 45, Chinyere Nnaji, 27, and Tayo Agboola, 40.
Nnaji said she had not been fetching from the well since diesel was diverted there, adding that she was just a tenant.
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