By Blessing Iruoma, Port Harcourt
The combined team of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, has recorded another success, as they arrested a notorious oil thief and illegal oil dealer.
The prime suspect, Fatusi Markus, a native of Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State but resident of Omagwa in Rivers State was arrested while manning his suspected brother’s illegal filling station along Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.
Briefing the Press on the incident, on Friday August 17, 2012, Captain Sunny Samuel who acted as the Army Public Relations Officer, said Fatusi was arrested on Thursday when he came to Bori Camp to negotiate illegal oil business with the command, claiming to be the owner of a filling station that supplies oil products to companies, he was taken back to the filling station.
According to Captain Samuel, when they got to the filling station with fatusi, he denied ownership and claimed it belongs to his brother, but during search, they discovered underground tanker at the station where the illegal oil was stored and pumping machine used for the illicit act recovered.
In his confession, the suspect admitted that he had been in the business for years, revealing that an undisclosed big business man was a major dealer in the illegal deal.
Two ladies (names withheld) working with the filling station were also arrested and paraded alongside their master.
During interrogation, they denied involvement in the illegal business, but confessed to the soldiers that when they discovered the said tanker and confronted their manager, but he told them that there was no product in it.
It would be recalled that some time ago same Fatusi illegal filling station was destroyed, but he decided to continue illegal business with his said brother’s station.
However, while investigation continues on the crime, the command said the discovered products and other recovered materials would be set on fire.