NSCDC Boss Inaugurates Special Squad To Curb Oil Theft

NSCDCThe Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Muhammadu, has set up a special taskforce to clampdown on oil saboteurs.

The corps made the development known in a statement on Monday as part of efforts to stem the tide of vandalism, illegal refineries, oil theft, and illegal bunkering,

The NSCDC boss also directed the State Commandants to cooperate and work in synergy with the team assigned to their states for the special operation to halt marketers involved in diversion of petroleum products.

He said that the operation also extends to stopping filling stations selling above approved government pump price, hoarding of products, those involved in black marketing and racketeering as well as other related crimes.

Abdullahi asked the squad and other officers to live up to expectation to justify the confidence the government and the people have for the corps by ensuring that vandalism is reduced to the barest minimum.

“We are an agency of government created to tackle this onerous task of fighting the scourge of vandalism, illegal bunkering, illegal refinery, oil theft, and other allied crimes. Therefore, we will continue to fight these illicit acts diligently in ensuring that the nation is rid of these obnoxious activity perpetrated by some few individuals that have posed as an ‘enemy of the state’ as a result of greed and selfishness,” the NSCDC boss said.

Abdullahi disclosed that as at December 2015, his men had identified and destroyed over 200 illegal refineries in Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Edo, Kogi, Ondo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom States amongst others.

He said that over 120 suspects involved in the act of vandalism and other associated crimes have been prosecuted and sentenced to various prison terms by the high courts in their respective states.

The NSCDC Commandant General added that at least 250 persons were being prosecuted presently while over 80 trucks containing petroleum products impounded with several operational equipment belonging to suspected vandals have been recovered.

Navy Uncovers Illegal Refineries In Niger Delta

Oil-TheftIllegal refineries within the Niger delta region have been uncovered and destroyed by the Nigerian Navy.

One of the illegal sites is in Minima Community in the Buguma axis of Rivers State in the south-south region.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, Commodore Shuwa Mohammed, said the activities of the oil thieves posed grave danger to the nation’s economy.

He reiterated the Navy’s commitment to ending the activities of crude oil thieves in the region through routine aerial and ground surveillance.

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Suspected crude oil thieves with drums in a boat at the illegal refinery site

An air patrol over the weekend revealed a wide area ravaged by crude oil pollution, with many pockets of illegal refineries in the region.

Oil thieves were seen in their boats with drums and jerry cans used in syphoning crude oil for onward refining. They fled with their speed boats when they noticed the helicopter hovering around them.

Several operators of the illegal refinery were arrested by the naval officials, who also destroyed the illegal refineries.

A spokesman for the team said that the destruction was in line with a directive by the Chief of Naval Staff to stop all illegal refineries within the Niger delta region.

With large tanks, the oil thieves cook the syphoned crude oil extracting refined products.

The illegal refining activities in the area have resulted in a huge devastation of the area, reducing the chances of farming activities on the vast land.

 

Police Uncovers Illegal Refinery In Imo State

Officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have uncovered an illegal mini refinery located at Ahiajoku Estate along Onitsha expressway in Owerri the Imo State capital in south eastern Nigeria.

The Imo State Commandant of the NSCDC, Adamu Soja, told reporters on Saturday in Owerri, that he led some officials to the premises and realized that the place was a mini illegal refinery.

He said that bunker and adulterated oil products were refined in a local way and sold out to unsuspected public as fuel, diesel and kerosene.

“We got an intelligence report about the activities of some group who carry out these nefarious activities along Onitsha road within the Owerri municipal in a well fenced uncompleted building,” he explained.

The officials have sealed off the compound and have begun investigations into the crime.

Six people have been arrested in connection to the crime.

Mr Soja reiterated the commitment of the command to ensuring that economic saboteurs and vandals were not given any room to operate in the state.

One of the prime suspects, Mrs. Chinyere Nwadike, who is the owner of the business and main dealer, denied all allegations levelled against her.

“I deal in the sales of Kerosene and Diesel and I buy straight from NNPC,” she claimed.

Some of the items recovered are 10 drums of adulterated crude oil, pumping machine, over 20 pieces of gallons.

 

 

JTF Discovers Illegal Refinery In Kogi Forest

An illegal refinery has been discovered in Kogi state along Okene and Auchi road by the members of Joint Security Task Force combining the military and the  National Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC).

The acting commandant of the NSCDC who disclosed this said seven persons have been arrested in connection with the illegal refinery .

The illegal refinery site which has been in operation for the past two years was found in a forest located just about 6km to a village called Ema.

While speaking to journalists at the site the Acting Commander of the NSCDC in Kogi state noted that it is one of the first illegal refineries discovered in the area which will be destroyed.

He also confirmed that seven suspects in connection to the illegal act have been arrested and investigation will commence immediately.

The task force commander, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi while speaking at the site of the crime said it was a joint operation, noting that the force is still trailing others involved in the illegal refinery business..

However, one of the suspects who spoke gave a different story line, stating that he knows nothing about the business that he was initiated to it by someone who borrowed money from him.