By Ben Ekezie
The Lagos State Command has detained more than 15 Mobile Policemen over alleged theft in one of the warehouses inside the Dangote Refinery site, Ibeju Lekki Free Zone, Lagos.
The suspects, who were deployed from Mobile Police Force (MOPOL) 53 in Bama, Borno State on special duty raided the store, but were apprehended by security operatives on patrol while escaping with their loot.
According to a reliable source at the refinery, the police personnel broke into a foodstuff warehouse that belongs to an Indian and carted away several valuable including bags of rice, cartons of Dano milk, detergents and oil.
“It is a clear case of burglary and this time around they did not steal cable but broke into the store of an Indian, who owns a restaurant inside the site. They had successfully stolen about 34 kegs of 25 liters of groundnut oil, four bags of Rice, 13 big packs of Omo detergent and several packs of Dano Milk.
“Luckily some of the stolen stuffs were recovered by the patrol men who arrested them.”
On the possibility that they were not well paid, the source stated that an Inspector earns at least N90,000 a month.
According to the source, “they normally come for special duty for six months, instead of protecting the facility, they are part of problem. The last set from Mopol 38 did the same thing.”
Confirming their arrest, a source at the command stated that the suspects are currently detained at the State Criminal Investigative Department, Panti, Yaba.