Members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Taskforce, Bayelsa State command have apprehended three trucks laden with adulterated Diesel also known as AGO(Automotive Gas Oil) from a yet-to-be-identified destination into the state.
The consignment was intercepted along the Sagbama axis of the East-West road on Saturday.
Mr. Bello Bina, State Coordinator of IPMAN who confirmed this to newsmen alleged that some unidentified policemen are currently trying to frustrate the effort of his Task Force by insisting that the products are suspected to be adulterated PMS are owned by a highly influential personality.
According to him, when the effort of the policemen failed, an unidentified male called him on the phone to plead with him to take some financial gratification to set the tankers free but that he turned down the offer, promising to get to the bottom of the matter.
He assured that being charged with the mandate by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that issues of pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, and other criminal activities associated with the oil and gas sector are curbed in the Niger Delta the effort of his Task Force to apprehend the tankers would not be compromised.
In his words “as I speak with you some uniformed Police officers at the Sagbama junction are trying to stop the arrest of the tankers conveying the adulterated petrol products.
“According to them a prominent businessman with wide experience in the oil and gas sector is the owner of the tankers and that they are not willing to let us impound the tankers.”