In the bid to checkmate the excesses of oil thieves and illegal bunkering and to ensure the critical national assets in the state are safe from economic saboteurs, the State Command of the NSCDC in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy arrested 40 suspected oil thieves, 10 Trucks, 9 Boats, 69 Jerry cans, Drums, 100 Petroleum Pipes, 83 sacks, Seven (7) Pumping Machines, Seven (7) 40HP Yamaha Engines, One (1) 90HP Yamaha Engine, Several Hoses and Sacks all filled With Suspected Adulterated Petroleum Products.
A statement signed by NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commandant Oguntuase Michael, and made available to Africa Update reads: “On 14th November 2021 at about 0200hrs, the Command arrested 3 large wooden boats also known as cotonou boat loaded with suspected adulterated AGO at Rumu Kparaeli Obio/Akpo LGA.
“Items recovered include 2 pumping machines and a long hose used for acts of vandalism.Same day 14th November 2021 at about 0530hrs, the command apprehended a wooden boat loaded with suspected adulterated AGO. Items recovered include a pumping machine, 2 long hoses used for acts of vandalism. No suspect was arrested as the suspects fled on citing the Anti Vanda Team.
“On 29th November, 2021 the Nigerian Navy handed over 20 suspected illegal oil bunkerers with 434 empty drums loaded in three (3) large wooden boats. Items recovered from the suspects include: Seven (7) Pumping Machines, Seven (7) 40HP Yamaha Engines, One (1) 90HP Yamaha Engine and Several Hoses.
” On 1st December, 2021 at about 1400hrs a suspect was arrested close to Julius Berger gate along Eastern By-Pass Road with a Short White Man Diesel Truck with registration Number LAGOS KTU 50 XF loaded with suspected illegally refined AGO (Diesel).On the same day, at about 2158hrs an IVECO TRUCK with Registration Number BORNO GZA 183 XA and a DAF TANKER with Registration Number Kaduna DKA 788 ZP loaded with suspected illegally refined AGO with four (4) suspects were arrested at Eastern By-Pass Road, Port Harcourt.
“On 2nd December, 2021 at about 1100hrs a team of our Anti Vandal men impounded a DAF TRUCK with Registration Number KEBBI MYM 131 XA loaded with suspected illegally refined AGO abandoned by fleeing suspects.On 10th December 2021 twelve (12) Suspects with two (2) wooden boats laden with 63 Jerry cans of AGO, 6 jerry cans filled with DPK (Kerosene), 83 sacks of AGO were handed over to the Command by the Nigerian Navy for further investigation and possible prosecution.
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” On 11th December 2021, at about 1500hrs, a suspect was arrested at Ogba Egbema Ndoni LGA with suspected vandalized 92 oil pipes about 4 inches 20feet lent and 8 number of 4 inch pipes of about 10feet in lent loaded in a MARK Truck REG. NUMBER Lagos LND 470 XX.On 12th December, 2021, at about 1706hrs the Anti Vandal Team of the Command Recovered a Red-white DAF Truck with Registration Number KADUNA NGN 21 XA loaded with suspected Illegally refined AGO along AhoAda axis, East/West road in AhoAda East LGA of the state.
“On the 13th December 2021 at about 0510hrs at Elele round about, along Elele/Owerri road Ikwere LGA, 2 suspected oil thieve were apprehended while conveying suspected illegally refined AGO in a white Mack truck with REG. Number Lagos GGE 787 XJ. All the arrested suspects are currently undergoing thorough investigation and soon will be charge to court for possible prosecution.
” The Command wish to inform the general public that the NSCDC is poised to meet any group of persons or individuals intending to tamper with the critical National Assets and Infrastructure within the state with stiff resistance. On this note, The Commandant General AHMED ABUBAKAR AUDI PnD, mni is calling on every good spirited individual in the state to please collaborate with the Command by promptly reporting any strange movement around them and the critical assets and infrastructures within the state to the nearest security post for prompt action.IF YOU SEE SOMETHING; PLEASE SAY SOMETHING!”