Operatives of the Nigerian Navy attached to the Operation Awatse yesterday busted a Lagos hotel where Premium Motor Spirit is siphoned from the pipeline of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The operatives also arrested eight suspects including a Police Inspector at the premises of Glonik Hotel at 31, Social Club Road, Abule Egba.
The third one, with registeration number EPE367XE was said to have developed technical problems and was abandoned at an improvised loading bay beside the hotel.
There were broken bottles, chattered windscreens, hoses and fuel-laden jerry cans inside the hotel.
“The junior staff and a policeman, who had stayed here in the past six months, were arrested. We tried to investigate the situation and observed all. When we got here, we noticed the smashed screens and broken bottles. Apparently, there might have been a fight before our arrival.”We discovered that a fully loaded tanker, which still had the hose on it was parked beside the hotel.
“We also saw about 16 jerry cans filled with PMS with six empty ones and they were all embedded in the vehicles parked in the hotel.” However, Inspector Rabiu denied being a member of the gang, insisting that he only lodged at the hotel to meet up with his bi-weekly unit meetings.
Inspector Rabiu also said he never noticed anything strange in the hotel and was not aware fuel theft was going on there.