- National Security operatives have arrested suspected criminals in oil smuggling business
- The suspects were arrested in two separate operations at Afloa in the Volta Region
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), in collaboration with National Security, and the Ghana Armed Forces have arrested 17 people engaged in smuggling and siphoning of oil in two separate operations.
According to Graphic.com.gh report, the first arrest netted 13 persons suspected to be part of a cartel dealing in smuggling of petroleum products.
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In a statement issued and signed by the NPA, the suspects who were arrested following a tip-off, were transferring fuel from a ship to drums and gallons around the shores of Aflao in the Volta Region.
The statement added that in all, “Seven drums, 76 empty drums, 32 filled yellow gallons (25 liter) of diesel and 20 empty containers were retrieved from them during the operation that lasted for about five hours.”
The NPA said investigations revealed that the suspects used only text messages to communicate with the captain of the ship and are only able to identify the particular ship they are to approach to conduct their illegalities when lights in all other docked ships are off.
The statement added that, in the second case, four people are in the custody of the Eastern Naval Command for engaging in illegal siphoning of fuel from two “canoe tankers” to fuel tanker vehicle.
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The four suspects - Ali Christopher, Nii Armah Odatey, Richard Adjetey and Yetawell Immabasalam were arrested during their operation at the Tema Fishing Harbour around 12 midnight.
The NPA said the tanker vehicle with registration number GN 2931-12 was confiscated together with 16,000 litres of fuel, a pumping machine and fuel hose.
“Unfortunately, the tanker boats and its operators slipped away and a seaward search was mounted for the boats but proved futile”, the statement noted.
Meanwhile, the NPA said, it is determined to sanitize the oil industry, and therefore urged the public to continue with their support in the fight against fuel smuggling.
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