A security guard who was employed to protect the property of a filling station in Ibadan was found dead while he was trying to steal fuel from the station’s underground tank.
An Oodua People Congress’ member, the guard identified as Abdulkareem Kazeem was under the employ of Jofes petrol station at Yemetu area of Ibadan, Oyo State. His duty was to scare away potential thieves from the filling station, particularly in the night.
But last Wednesday morning, Kazeem was found dead in a manhole leading to an underground tank while he was trying to scoop fuel in the wee hours.
The station manager, Oladapo Ogunleye was said to have discovered the security guard’s body at about 6.30a.m. of same day when he wanted to dip a measuring rod into the underground tank to know the level of the left-over.
A 25-litre jerry can containing about 15 litres of petrol which had already been siphoned, a semi-rotating pump and hose were also found with the deceased inside the manhole while one other 50-litre keg of fuel already siphoned was recovered.
The scene was visited by a team of detectives led by one Inspector Adeyemo Kadiri, after which the fire service was called to remove the body from the manhole.
When contacted, the police image maker in Oyo state, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, confirmed the story.