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Thursday, December 27, 2012

How A Medical Doctor Became A Pipeline Vandal

  “I spent eight years studying Medicine and Surgery in UNIJOS and graduated in 2004 and later served in Bauchi State. A year later, I got a job at Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission where I practised for six months. But I was later asked to leave.

    “I moved to Kogi in 2006 and it was there that a friend introduced me to the business. I was making good money and later got a part time job at Federal Medical Centre. I received N90,000 as monthly salary which was not enough for me. So, I stuck to the pipeline business.”


Salifu Odiba, who was arrested in Kogi State by the Police Special Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism, Force Headquarters, said he was attracted to the illegal business because of hardship.

The medical doctor, who studied Medicine and Surgery at University of Jos, said his dream was to one day own his hospital. But two years after his graduation, the 35-year-old abandoned medicine and chose life on the fast lane by joining a pipeline vandalism cartel.

Describing his modus operandi, the Kogi State indigene said he acted as a middleman for the vandals and buyers. He said although he never destroyed a pipeline, he was actively involved in the business and soon became popular.

He said he was usually paid commission by pipeline vandals and buyers after he had sold the products.

“People started calling me ‘oil doctor’ because I always had ready buyers for all kinds of petroleum products. Oil business is very lucrative especially in Kogi State where as many as 17 trucks of petroleum products could be siphoned and sold in one night,” he said.

Odiba lamented that the medical profession was no longer as prestigious as it was due to the “large number” of people practising it. “People don’t visit hospitals like before. These days, many Nigerians prefer to take self medication,” he said.

Narrating how he was arrested, the suspect said he was contacted by a source at Lokoja, the state capital, who claimed to have large quantities of oil in a barge. He was on his way to finalise the deal when policemen arrested him.

Odiba, who vowed not to return to crime if released, burst into tears when narrating the hardship he had suffered in the past. He said although N90, 000 was not a poor salary, the pressures of having to take care of his siblings further increased his financial problems.

He said, “I have four siblings and my parents are retired. I am the first son and through this business, I have been able to sponsor two of my siblings through university and they have graduated. I don’t spend the money I make on myself. I have a fiancée but I can’t even afford a wedding now.

“I don’t want my siblings to suffer and I did this for them. Crime for me was due to a quest for survival but I promise never to go back to it. I spent last year’s Christmas in police custody after being arrested in Kaduna. This year again, I’m spending my Christmas in detention.

“I’m tired of this life of crime and I promise never to go back to it again. My dream is still to own a hospital and even while doing the oil business; I rendered free medical services to people.”

Odiba may be charged to court soon.


38 comments:

  1. what a sad story

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  2. #90,000 monthly salary is too small? To some people, 50k is like one million.
    Greed is what pushed him. Nothing else. Let him facw the music and rot in jail where he will eat free food.

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    1. Kenny:- Oh shut up u senseless kid. How much is 90k? Taking care of himself, siblings, buy food, cloths n other things. Didn't u read the story ode oshi. Jumping into conclusion as if na only u sabi speak english mumu. No one is saying what he did is right buh reading his story can be an excuse. What's d diff btwn what dis guy did n the useless animals we call our leaders do too. Or our leaders don't steal? How many have dey caught?! Mchewwww!

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    2. O please shut up u ignorant fool. Always wiping sentiments to every story they read. It is people like you that glorify prostitution, murderers and thieves all in d name of hardship. He should steal because his leaders are stealing, did they get there by magic? How about joining politics so he can amass wealth like them. Do u know how many people fend for their family on salaries lower than that? He is greedy simple and straight. He was in dentention xmas of 2011, u will think there will be a reform but no he enjoys the 'power' he gets from being a stupid vandal and goes back. Please fool answer my question, how will he take care of his so called family if he is convicted and jailed? Won't it kill the parents he is trying to protect?

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    3. Kenny:- Lmao! Its obvious ur upbringing is really faulty as uve been sleeping with poverty for so long. Sad enough that u r extremely daft if not u will understand the way it works. When he was arrested the other time didn't they release him. Now he's arrested again trust me the dust in ur dumbskull won't let u know they will release him again. Little do u know that he's working for strong men n moni settles it. Unfortunately for u, u can't know all these am saying cos poverty is ur surname buh then again idiot get this straight that he will be released. U said 'so he shuld steal cos his leaders r stealing'? Can't blv u just typed that with those cursed fingers of urs like hello? Answer the question urself dummy. Before coming here to say rubbish with those hyper dirty nerves, always take a seat n think. Don't wanna blv uve been dumb for a long time.... Bless!

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  3. How many people see 90k salary self ..........Greed greed , please lock him and throw away the keys. It is this kind of people that when oil stops beeen lucarative then he would turn ito an armed robber of kidnapper

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    1. Abeg get out. Which useless oil dey stop? Se oil wey don stop since abi u no sabi wetin dey happen for that country? Incase u don't know get on ur laptop n read up news. 9ja has starting importing OIL so don't dull + u know the ones politicians don thief? How many pple know abi how many of them wr caught. Lil do u know that all these politicians r worse in doing these business. They dere dey speak grammar make bra wear u

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    2. *have started

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    3. you clearly have no sense . When oil stops been lucarative and not oil stopping . You are even missing the main point . Olodo , SMH

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    4. Sharrap@anon 14:52 u d one missing the point daft child. If u don't know something don't argue stupidly. What sense does this make 'When oil stops been lucarative and not oil stopping'. Better go on da internet again like I said n read up news to know wassup in that country concerning OIL before coming here ranting like a local bulldog.

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  4. You never hala. Silly oliver twist!carry ya cross ya sef jof.

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  5. Oil Doctor indeed, last year christmas in police custody,dis year police detention,next year we go hear say u be pastor na wa o. Oju kokoro go kill you...

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  6. 90000 in 2006???..the guy is a criminal..some people are earning 30000 now and they are not stealing..he is just a greedy person

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    1. Lmao. Sorry to say buh u just spoke like a literate with NO SENSE I mean NO BRAIN. Like r u joking?! Those paid 30k per month do u think if they have the opportunity to loot they won't? Even those that's got the moni are still looting talkless of those that doesn't have n gets an opportunity.

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    2. There are people that have. Been earning far less than 90,000 k and and are in places that they can steal the money big time or compromise but do no so so , there are still people that will not take bride or be corrupt no matter how much they are tempted so keep you mouth shut if you do not understand life .

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    3. I understand ur pain n ow u feel about life hungry she goat. Out of 100 how many can sustain that kinda post? Answer that question urself. Even ur english is making ma fingers shake cos really do not know how many 'brides' u wanna take home. Ur next reply shuld be well constructed pls so I can give u a proper reply. Ode!

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  7. In life, If you are not contend on what you have, you are bound to fall. 90 k a month, that's a huge sum of Money to keep you going, but greed has landed you to jail. Sorry man, if you can come out from this, i believe you will learn from it. God help you

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  8. he's making it sound like he suffered worse things than Job in the bible. I think he's a lucky dude cos if I earn N70,000 monthly, I would have been married by now (though I'm 29yrs old).
    We should learn to be contented with what we have. If his life's story justifies crime, then I would be justified to be an armed robber

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  9. this is a total disgrace am so ashamed, 90k is not enough for him, hmmmmmm, big eyed human being, see me with 80K living like a king. the secret is contentment. JAIL THE IDIOT. oil doctor ko gas doctor ni.

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  10. I am sure he told people he was into "OIL AND GAS"

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  11. Pls wat can 90k do in our modern society? Really can't blame the dude..compared to wat doctors earn abroad Nigerian Drs earn little bt do much work asides frm dat our govt dnt sponsor medical research but spend our money on hospitals abroad rather than here..wat a pity.

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    1. Abroad, doctors take their oath seriously, perform their basic functions of caring for d sick nd help save lives compared to some of the useless ones we have here we probably failed one or 2 courses, managed to come out of the system and start feeling like lords. How does this one want to help people out when he is more interested in siphoning oil?

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  12. Whilst what he did may be a criminal offence, I think that our political leaders have committed greater offences in the past and are still committing offences so they should free the guy abeg!

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  13. LMAO!! guys a real joker confessing like a witch

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  14. Dis is greed at d highest order,am a 2000 graduate and have being working since 2002 and I still earn less dan 90k per month I have sibling and aged parent to take care of,I have never stolen one kobo becos is not my way.pls hold him dere forever d world is not save wit a guy like him;dis is a potential kidnapper imagine him without a job:am very angry now

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  15. Thou shall not judge

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  16. Greedy bastard, lock him up already. #angry face

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  17. direct stealing is not a way to get ur own share of the national cake, "polithiefcians" steal in a big way and nobody blinks and here is an urchin doctor blocking their cashflow.

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    1. Then he should be sensible and join politics so he can take care of his siblings and parents since that is his sorry excuse after all Herman whathisface the cult boy in school found his way 2 d lower house of legislature not by magic but by vote until he was eventually caught out in one probe or the other. Think people!!!!

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  18. its always like that whever they are caught,they know how to get their stories painted gold .Though he was honest enough to say he's been in this dirty deal for a while ,some of them might have said otherwise "oga Йą my first attempt be dis"...he should be made 2 face the music....its so sad......Heal our land father.

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  19. In d same country where we are praising a fashion designer that was gifted an oil block? God dey o

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  20. He will be released again and he will go back to the business, he is not alone, he has someone "BIG" helping him out.

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  21. Wow dats jst sad...hope dey hear ur plea tho

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  22. My prayer is for him to change

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    1. Errr, he may still have a chance to change- if the police release him quickly enough. But this guy is very very greedy- N90,000 per month is a good salary! BTW, a lesson to Nigerians to have only children that you can afford to look after (and have them early enough too). Please use contraceptives so that your problems do not become the problems of other people in society!

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