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Locals warned against siphoning fuel

Nakuru North sub-county Deputy County Commissioner, Felix Watakila has warned against those siphoning fuel illegally saying that the culprits will face the law if caught.

His sentiments come a day after a total of 500 litres of petrol and diesel was discovered at Total area.

Addressing the media, Watakila noted that siphoning of fuel will not be tolerated as it posed a great danger to the public were it to explode.

The DCC pointed out that those in this illegal business lack the knowhow of handling such products and thus ought to be arrested if found conducting any activities involving fuel.

During yesterday’s raid after receiving a tip off from members of the public, Watakila together with chiefs around his area managed to get to the scene and arrested one culprit identified as Bernard Kiptoo as the other suspect escaped and is still at large.

He was however disappointed that some police officers collude with the criminals to siphon fuel from the trucks parked at Total along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway but assured the area residents that the local administration will not relent on this war until all criminals are brought to book.

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority is said to have increased the number of enforcement officers in a move to help curb illegal siphoning of fuel.

The officers are tasked with conducting surveillance to ensure that this business is halted.

Kiprop will be arraigned in court as police have already launched a manhunt for the other suspect.

By Emily Kadzo 



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