The two Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) staffers who were arrested on Thursday night after being suspected of stealing two litres of fuel marker while on a fuel-marking exercise at the Rubis Bulk Terminal, East Bank Demerara (EBD), remain in police custody.
The men were still assisting police with their investigations up to press time last night. This was confirmed by Commander ‘A’ Division Marlon Chapman, who said, that after the completion the file, it will be sent for advice and based on that recommendation, charges are likely to be laid. When asked for a time as to the completion of the whole process, the commander said, “it should be sometime during the course of next week.”
One of the suspects, who is the head of the Guyana Marking Service (GMS), a unit within the GEA, was tasked with marking fuel at Rubis Bulk Terminal EBD. Suspicions were raised among the staff after the individual allegedly asked his staff to do things that were not within the protocol of the GEA operations.
The staff was asked to leave and buy food, something that is not normally done. They all recognize that the fuel marker is a very valuable substance and is supposed to be dealt with in a high security manner. That would require the presence of every staff member on the exercise.
After individuals at the terminal became suspicious of their colleague’s actions, a report was made to senior officials at the GEA, who immediately informed the agencies chief internal investigator.
The latter, accompanied by his assistant, went to the fuel terminal and initiated an investigation based on the information they had received. After some time, the two investigators were unable to find any of the stolen fuel markers that they were there to recover.
This again raised suspicions, since the initial indicators suggested that the fuel marker was already stolen.
After attempts to recover the fuel marker by the GEA internal investigators proved futile, the police were called in and two litres of fuel marker was uncovered in the presence of the internal investigators and the individuals who were accused of the theft.
Although the GEA has been plagued with such thefts over the years, to date nothing major has been done to address the issue, even after a forensic audit on the agency between the periods November 1, 2011 to May 31, 2015, made a number of recommendations to have inconsistencies found with the way the agency is run addressed.
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