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Nat. Security arrests five...in latest oil smuggling scheme

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The National Petroleum Authority, in collaboration with National Security, has arrested five persons suspected to be part of a cartel engaged in smuggling of petroleum products. The arrest took place at Kpone landing beach near Tema around 10pm last Monday.

The National Petroleum Authority, in collaboration with National Security, has arrested five persons suspected to be part of a cartel engaged in smuggling of petroleum products. The arrest took place at Kpone landing beach near Tema around 10pm last Monday.

 

The ring leader, Isaac Allotey, 34, and four others, including the owner of one of the life boats used in the operation, arrested by a team from national security who were on a night recce, are currently being investigated.

Two trucks of fuel containing about 300 gallons estimated to be around 9000 litres and two outboard motors were confiscated by the team.

Security officials say Allotey told them he buys each “Kufuor gallon” of fuel at the cost of GHS 80 and he sells it at GHS 100, making a profit of GHS 20.

The underground business involves the smuggling of inferior fuel products from the high seas into the country, which not only causes revenue loss to the government, but the product is also injurious to human health.

It would be recalled that officials of the Western Naval Command in Takoradi in the Western Region, in 2017, arrested nine persons and confiscated several vessels suspected to have involved in the use of illegal bunkering.

The arrest was on the back of a warning given by Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia who renewed government’s commitment to dealing with unscrupulous persons caught to be dealing in illegal smuggling of petroleum products.

Samples of the products are expected to undergo laboratory test by NPA officials to authenticate their quality.