A suspect being held for vandalization of oil pipeline Monday countered the police claim that he was involved in the alleged offence.
Abdulrazaq Mohammed, the suspect and staffer of an oil service company, made the rebuttal before journalists while he, alongside his alleged accomplices was paraded at the Lagos Police Command.
"I saw the vandals and immediately called my office to notify them. They (his office) told me to wait for a patrol they will be sending. When I saw a police patrol, I came out of my hiding to talk to them.
"But the officers didn't let me talk, I was bundled into the vehicle. Other suspects were arrested at different areas of Abule-Egba (a density populated area in Lagos). I don't know any of these guys,” said Mohammed.
"None of us were arrested at the scene of vandalised pipelines, as the police claimed," he added.
Other alleged members of the gang of vandals paraded by the police were Chibuzor Nwoko, 25, AmudaTaoreed, 37, Abdulrazaq Mohammed 47, (a motorcycle rider who spy for the vandals), OlagunjuNurudeen 27, and AdedejiAdeshina.
The police said two unregistered tankers carrying 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, and one Mahindra motorcycle with NNPC plate number were recovered from the suspects.