crude oil theft in Nigeria

NSCDC discovers illegal refinery in Rivers

An illegally constructed refining site with over 100,000 litres of stolen crude oil has been discovered and dismantled by the Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Corps (NSCDC) in Adobi settlement in Etche Local Government, Rivers State.

DC Dandaura Appolos, the Commander of the CG’s SIS, while giving the brief, disclosed that the operational success was due to credible Intelligence that some suspects had vandalised a Multinational Company Well Head and connected galvanised metal pipes with large hoses, thereby syphoning crude and processing it locally.

Babawale Afolabi, the NSCDC spokesman, in a statement on Saturday, said the CG’s SIS immediately swung into action and uncovered several sites where massive illegal refining of stolen crude oil was carried out.

“Just as we value and protect our informants, the information received is always treated with caution and prompt alertness; as soon as we arrived, the suspect took to their heels, but we were able to arrest one Godspower Oyibo (M) 32 years from Delta State who is now assisting us with further investigation.

“On the crime scene, there were reservoirs cemented with trampoline and filled with approximately 100,000 litres of crude oil. While the following exhibits were sighted: A yellow colour robin EY 20 pumping machine, galvanised metal pipes, long large hoses, an already vandalised well head, stolen crude worth 100,000 litres stored in reservoirs, calibrated surface tanks, processed AGO in cooking pots and metal buckets,” he was quoted as saying.

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