FG talks about collaboration in the energy sector
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) said it had arrested 19 suspects for their alleged involvement in oil theft and illegal trade in petroleum products.
According to reports, Nigeria loses around 400,000 barrels of crude oil per flight daily, which equates to around $40 million. This does not contribute to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates no revenue for the nation.
NSCDC Rivers State Commander, Mr. Michael Ogar, who spoke out against the contempt of oil thieves and illegal oil pimps, noted that despite continuous awareness raising and relentless war against sabotage economy in the country, oil thieves blatantly refused to turn a new leaf.
Mr. Ogar maintained that following the reconstitution of a new anti-vandal team in the command, the maritime and land patrol officers began their full operations with renewed vigor, professionalism and tactics in the war against the threat of vandalism. pipelines and oil theft in Rivers State.
He said the 19 suspects had been arrested at different locations across the state, ensuring they would all be brought to justice, while the command would do everything possible to unravel, hunt and apprehend their sponsors to deter others.
“As directed by the NSCDC Commanding General, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, a marching order has been given to sea and land agents to arrest the pipeline vandals and illegal oil dealers in the state on a massive scale, which has strengthened our stubbornness in the series of arrests carried out by the command.
“The Sea and Land Patrol Team arrested 19 suspects at different locations across the state; four suspects named: Peter Udo ‘M’ 20 years old, Benjamin God’s power ‘M’ 16 years old, the gift of God Nicholas ‘M’ 19 years old and Goodness Sunday ‘M’ aged 19 were arrested with a wooden boat and a 40 HP outboard motor along the Bakana River.
“In addition, three suspects named: 23-year-old Jacob Fewu ‘M’, 20-year-old George George ‘M’ and 20-year-old Stanley Bruce ‘M’ were arrested with a wooden boat loaded with 10,000 liters of illegally refined automotive diesel, a 40 hp outboard motor used to propel the boat.
“The Marine team, in an overnight tactical operation, arrested two additional suspects named: Ade Monday, 27, and Abiola Gift, 29, with a wooden boat, 25 drums of illegal refined AGO and an outboard motor. -board of 15 HP.
“Following a tip, the Vandalism Unit also discovered a building used as a dump to store locally refined AGO along Cornerstone Junction in Ogbogoro, Obio Akpo Local Government Area. We discovered an underground tanker containing unquantified liters of locally refined AGO, a plastic tank containing approximately 3,500 liters of AGO and a pumping machine.The entire complex is now sealed and occupied by our staff while that the Command would continue to hunt the culprits until they were arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
The boss of the NSCDC in Rivers State further said that the command would approach the court with a request for the confiscation of the contents and vehicles, and that the proceeds would be returned to federal government coffers.
“Let me reiterate our commitment to the war against oil theft and illegal trafficking of petroleum products in Rivers State. The perpetrators should either relocate or risk facing the wrath of the law,” a he declared.
Oil theft in Nigeria has continued to grow, despite efforts by governments to crack down on illegal activities.