September 27, 2022

Motorists Put on Notice After Fake Engine Oil Products are Impounded

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Police in Thika, Kiambu County have impounded adulterated engine oil products valued at thousands of shillings from a residential house at Kang’oki village, Thika West Sub County. 

Kiambu County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi said the fake products had been packaged in containers from two of the leading oil companies in the country and were being prepared for sale to unsuspecting customers.

He said the products have flooded the markets, though at retail shops and cautioned vehicle owners to be careful while purchasing fuel products from unauthorized dealers in the area.

He said they believed the suspect buys used oil, mixes it with a chemical substance that is able to separate the residual thus making the oil look like real fresh and new oil.

He said the containers had fake stickers and had been packed in cartons ready to be transported to the market adding that several tanks used for mixing the oil were also found in the building.

 “We received a tip off from members of the public that several vehicles have been accessing and leaving the house in a suspicious manner. Once we raided the premises, its owner fled using the back door and we are in hot pursuit of him,” he said.

Kioi said they have information that more of such illegal enterprises were operating in the county, though the police are on high alert.

“Don’t buy fuel products from jua kali shops because you will get counterfeits that will damage your vehicles. Access them from fuel stations,” he advised.

Castigating the act, he opined that the act amounts to economic sabotage and that once arrested, the owner would be charged accordingly.

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