NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5 – Police in Nairobi’s Industrial Area on Friday arrested 68 suspects linked to a fuel adulteration scam in an early morning operation which targeted three go-downs in the area.
According to Makadara OCPD Nehemiah Lagat, the suspects were arrested following a successful operation targeting illegal fuel dealers in the area who had been on their radar for some time.
Lagat could however not confirm the exact amount of fuel netted during the operation on the three go-downs saying the amount involved was substantial.
“Concerning the number of liters of fuel we cannot be certain right now,” Lagat said. “We’re waiting for the Energy Regulatory Commission to come and confirm that,” but it was estimated to be about a million litres.
Lagat issued a stern warning to dubious businesspersons operating illegal fuel businesses, saying law enforcement agencies will not relent on their quest to ensure the interests of the public are protected.
The trucks were said contain a wide range of adulterated fuel including diesel and used oil which was being transferred to various fuel stations in the city.
“We’re giving them a warning – this is a continuous exercise and we must ensure it succeeds,” said Lagat.
Cases of fuel adulteration in Kenya have been on the increase in the past with the number of fuel station in the country said to have grown by about 23 per cent in the last five years according to statistics by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). According to the statistics, the number of oil marketers in the country has doubled from 47 to 87 over the same period of time.
The suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations are concluded.