A multi-agency security team in Mombasa have arrested two people in connection to a fuel siphoning syndicate and recovered an assortment of equipment used in the illegal trade.
In a joint operation with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) raided a two-storey block where an unscrupulous businessman was carrying out what was established as illegal fuel trade at Sisi Kwa Sisi Estate along Refinery Road, opposite Total/ Kobil terminal in Changamwe sub-county.
Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said on gaining entry to the store, the multi-agency team stumbled upon an assortment of machinery and equipment used in the illicit trade.
Elungata said items collected include a compressor, generator, three fuel pump machines, several hose pipes, and 10 drums each 200 litres.
He said the team also intercepted two tankers loaded with fuel suspected to have been obtained from the illegal site with registration details KBR 472C make Faw and registration number KAH 169R make Isuzu.
“Also discovered at the site were two underground tanks, one filled with an estimated 5500 litres of diesel while the other one was empty,” he said.
Also recovery of several hosen/siphoning pipes, generator, 3 fuel pump machines, assorted 70 jerricans of 20 litres and 10 drums of 200 litters respectively.
He said following an intelligence report dated 27/9/2021 that there was rampant illegal siphoning of fuel within Changamwe areas in Mombasa County, a team of detectives from Parklands / Service Special Crime swung into action at the weekend.
Investigations are intensified to arrest more accomplices connected to this syndicate.
The RC identified the owner of the two-storey building as Mr Muli but added that the owner was not within the premises but his manager Emmanuel Hassan Abdikadir was apprehended.
[Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“The two suspects have already been locked up and investigations began,” Elungata added.
He said also arrested is a driver of one of the two intercepted tankers identified as Japhet Kironji Muchinu and together with the arrested manager would be charged with the offence of Operating petroleum business without a license from EPRA.
Elungata said the multi-agency team will not relent in the war against similar crimes that not only rob the country of revenue but also expose citizens to health and safety hazards.