There appears to be no limit to what oil thieves can do.

They are allegedly engaging in movement of petroleum products with trucks with Dangote boldly written on it. It also has the usual grey colour those trucks are known for. 

According to a statement by the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, three suspects have been arrested for questioning over why trailers meant for transporting other goods have become a means of moving petroleum products around Nigeria. 

They are suspected illegal oil dealers conveying the petroleum products in a Dangote truck, the statement said.

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He said the suspects were arrested by the Army in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria's Niger Delta region.

According to him, men of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army stationed in Uyo nabbed the trio with the Dangote truck conveying “illegally refined petroleum products”.

oil thieves with Dangote truck

“The suspects were arrested by soldiers during a routine check.

“It was later discovered that instead of cement the Dangote truck with Kano State registration number KNC 145 XA, was conveying illegally refined petroleum product.

”The products were concealed in huge cellophane bags numbering about 190  and were being conveyed to an unknown destination.

“At the time of their arrest, the suspects could not produce any licence that authorised them to deal in petroleum products.

“There was also no way bill to cover the conveyance of the said product,” the EFCC spokesman said.

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Uwujaren added that the suspects were handed over to the Uyo zonal office of the EFCC on Tuesday.

It is not the first time that security agencies are apprehending persons using Dangote trucks for illegal deals. 

In September last year, the Customs seized a Dangote truck it claimed was conveying about 3,000 cartons of smuggled frozen poultry valued at over 47 million Naira. 

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