Politician vandalises pipeline to raise campaign funds

Operatives of the
Inspector General of
Police Task Force on
Anti-Pipeline Vandalism
have arrested a self-
confessed politician,
Wahab Junaid, for
vandalising a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
pipeline in the Obafemi/ Owode Local Government Area of
Ogun State
The officer-in-charge of the task force, ACP Friday Ibadin,
said Junaid, aka Doctor, was one of the unit’s most wanted
pipeline vandals. He explained that Doctor was arrested at
Ifote village in the local council.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Doctor had allegedly been arrested
and arraigned three times, but was discharged and
acquitted.
However, the 59-year-old politician said he went back to
vandalism in order to raise money to contest a political post
in 2015.
He said, “After I regained my freedom in 2012, I stopped
anything that has to do with pipeline vandalism.
“I am an active member of a political party in this state
(Lagos). So, when the slot for the House of Representatives
was zoned to my area, my people nominated me to
represent them. Since I know that I had a good chance of
winning the election, I accepted. I was told to go and look for
money to sponsor my campaigns.
“In the course of looking for funds, a friend of mine, Oloje,
who is also a vandal, informed me that the area was calm,
and that I could come and lift some fuel and get money for
my political ambition.
“I was waiting with my tankers to lift the product when
policemen arrested me. My enemies, who are bitter that I
was anointed for the political position, betrayed me. Please
forgive me and give me another chance. I am sorry and I
promise that as soon as I am elected, I will assist the police
in the war against pipeline vandalism.”
Juniad said a full tanker could be bought for N1.5m from
vandals and sold for N3m.
Junaid, who claimed to be veterinary doctor, said he was
first arrested and arraigned in court in 2008.
“I was discharged and acquitted in 2010. I was also arrested
at Epe in 2010 and after several months, I regained my
freedom again. The third time was in 2012, when policemen
from FESTAC division arrested and arraigned me in court. I
was able to secure my freedom yet again.”
The task force boss, Ibadin, explained that after his latest
acquittal, the unit got a tip-off that Junaid had returned to
bursting pipelines and had successfully moved several truck
of petrol from pipelines in Lagos and Ogun states.
Ibadin said, “On September 15, 2014, detectives acted on an
intelligence report that Junaid was back and currently
operating with his boys at Ogere. Detectives, led by Ogere
Sector Commander, ASP Shakwallo Philemon, stormed the
area, arrested him and also recovered three big valves
already mounted on NNPC right of way. This is the fourth
time Junaid will be arrested by the police.
“We are still on the trail of his accomplices who managed to
escape. We will again take him to court and we hope that he
will get what he deserves this time around.”
In another development, the task force also busted an illegal
local refinery at Osara, near Lokoja in Kogi state. The owners
were said to have fled as soon as they sighted the
policemen.
Ibadin said the taskforce was still combing the village for
those who constructed the refinery.

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