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5 NAWEC staff, other arrested for stealing 71 gallons of fuel


By Arfang M.S. Camara

Police in Basse in the Upper River Region (URR) have arrested five staff of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) including a civilian for reportedly stealing seventy-one (71) gallons of fuel.

The suspects are currently being detained at the Basse Police Station as investigation into the matter continues.
A source in Banjul who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity has confirmed the development to our reporter. The arrested individuals, our source said, are engineers at Basse NAWEC, adding that in fact, they’re the people responsible for the maintenance of the Basse NAWEC engine.
“Well there could be conspiracy in the way and manner the said 71 gallons of fuel were taken. However, the matter is currently under investigation in Basse and I am sure more suspects will be arrested,” our source added
Another source who spoke to our reporter last week added that the said suspected stolen fuel was been transported to Fatoto in the Kantora District of URR.
“Police in URR receive information that a ford vehicle with the registration number BJL 6183G was transporting a suspected stolen fuel. The vehicle was intercepted and the driver flees leaving the vehicle and the stolen fuel. The gallon of fuel was later transported to Fatoto Police Station.”
“Military Police in Basse Barrack recently went to Fatoto Police Station and wanted to obtain statements from the Police officers at the Fatoto Police Station. However, the officers refused and later referred them back to the Basse Police Station. Certainly, what’s clear is that the military are the one guiding NAWEC engines in Basse.”

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