A teenager who was arrested while ferrying some vandalised petroleum products to Benin Republic said his mother pushed him into the crime.
Anre, a 19-year-old fisherman, who was paraded by the Corps at their office in Ikeja, told journalists that his mother took him to one Savie, the leader of the team, when he could no longer cater for his wife and child, adding that he was forced to join Savie because he was not making enough due to drought.
The gang comprising of Ibrahim Kwenu, Savig Videjon, Celestine Soru, Simon Posu, and Lekan Wesu, were arrested around the Topo area in Badagry, by the anti-vandal squad of the NSCDC, while they were ferrying 86 drums of petrol, suspected to have been siphoned from vandalised pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to Benin Republic, through the sea.
Regretting his actions, Anre who was the boat captain, said taking to his mother’s advice landed him in trouble.
“I am a fisherman, but it has been very difficult to catch fish in the sea these days because of drought. When it became difficult to take care of my family, my mother introduced me to Savie.
He (Savie) asked me to help him transport the fuel from Badagry to Asipa in Seme. I invited five other fishermen to carry out the job and he promised to give us N4,000 each after the deal."
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"We were on the way to deliver the product to him when we were arrested. I know what I did was wrong and I regret my action. It was hunger that forced me into it.”