Operatives of the Nigerian Navy, yesterday, busted a Lagos hotel where Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is siphoned from the pipeline of NNPC. The operatives also arrested eight suspects including a Police Inspector at the premises of Glonik Hotel at 31, Social Club Road, Abule Egba.
Those arrested were Inspector Lukeman Rabiu of the Lagos Police Command X-Squad Unit, receptionist Gladys Daniel, waitress Rachael Oludara, housekeeper, Adegoke Adetunji, tanker driver, Waliu Teller, Oluwaseun Oguntoyin, Victor Vincent, 19 and Bobola Kuti, 28.
Inspector Rabiu allegedly had N1.4 million, a laptop and other valuables in his car. Sources said some police officers were already lobbying for Inspector Rabiu’s release
It was gathered that three 33,000-litre tankers were loaded overnight with two left. The third one was said to have developed technical problems and was abandoned at an improvised loading bay beside the hotel.
Clips used to hold hoses on pumping machines were seen in Room 209, said to have been occupied by another fleeing policeman. It was gathered that the hotel belonged to an Igbo man who comes to meet with the manager, Osipo Chris and some of the vandals.
A woman believed to have been abducted was said to be found tied up in a room inside the hotel. She was rescued by the operatives. The receptionist, Rachel Egbede, revealed that she started working at the hotel after the previous workers were sacked three weeks ago.
“I observed that some men gather here by 10pm every night claiming they came for a meeting and whenever I challenge them, my manager usually tell me to let them be. Most times I see policemen with them so I never suspected anything until today,” she said.