Oyo State Police Command, yesterday, paraded some suspects, who specialised in hijacking fuel-laden tankers along Oyo-Ilorin Expressway, Ogbomoso, at gunpoint. One of the suspects, Dauda Akanji, 42, narrated how they operate to newsmen at the Police headquarters at Eleyele, Ibadan, saying they had successfully hijacked two petrol-laden tankers in the past before they were caught by the police last week.

He said: “We had successfully hijacked two trucks in the past along this same road. Whenever the six of us sight an unsuspecting truck laden with petrol, we make sure we pursue the driver after which one of us will climb the truck and demobilise the pedal. “Thereafter, the drivers will have no choice but to stop and on sighting us they run away, leaving behind the keys to the truck. We then drive the trucks to where we sell the products to our receivers.”

 Akanji added that he was led into the act out of frustration, as he was not doing well in his spare parts business. During the parade, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said the suspects were arrested after they had snatched an Iveco truck with number plates XT 643 FKJ at Gbede Village, Ogbomoso, adding that they also carried out series of other robbery operations along the same road in the past.



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