Navy Intercepts Boats Carrying Suspected Refined Automotive Gas Oil

Navy-arrest-oil-thievesNigerian Navy has intercepted two Sea Going Cotonou boats with 10 crew members, carrying 195 metric tonnes of suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

Commanding officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta (NNS Delta), Commodore Raimi Mohammed, who addressed reporters at the base’s headquarter in Warri, Delta State, restated the position of the Central Naval Command to rid the maritime environment of oil vandals, kidnapping and other nefarious activities.

Commodore Mohammed also debunked allegations of a Joint Task Force ban on the use of 200 horse power engine boats by individuals.

The NNS Delta also arrested a suspected kidnapper at the Ndoro camp in Bayelsa State.

Navy intercepts stolen refined oil
Tanks with refined Automotive Gas Oil

Commodore Mohammed said: “The patrol team of NNS Delta on April 23 arrested the boats at Forcados entrance going to sea with product totalling over 150 metric tonnes suspected to be illegally refined AGO”.

On the increase in kidnap cases, he also expressed worries that persons previously involved in crude oil theft and other illegal oil activities had switched over to kidnapping.

“Because they are feeling the heat of our patrol and operations, they are abandoning it and going to something else,” he stated.

He told Channels Television that the Navy had started operations against hijackers and had intensified patrols in areas of operations to tackle oil pipeline vandals in line with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff.

Nigerian Navy Says Crude Oil Theft Drops By 67%

Nigerian Navy ShipThe Nigerian Navy says crude oil theft has reduced by 67 per cent from 2.4 million barrels monthly to 800,000 barrels as at September.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obiora Medani, reeled out the statistics during a sea inspection exercise and a show of fire power.

It was a show of strength and preparedness of the Navy in the fight against maritime crimes.

The Rear Admiral said that due to the improvement of the security situation on the nation’s waterways occasioned by their presence on the sea, the country had witnessed an increase in foreign direct investments.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Emmanuel Ereyi, reported that the Nigerian Navy ships’ sail on the Atlantic started from Onne in Rivers State.

“Naval officers controlled the journey from the bridge observing all navigational codes,” he said.

Its final destination is the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West and Central Africa.

The mission is to conduct sea inspection and the display of firepower by the Eastern Naval Command in an operation code named “Ndi-Kere”.

The exercise involves war formations in the navigation of ships, the positioning of armed officers, and then target shooting, which according to the fire controller, requires focus, technique and courage.

Rear Admiral Medani said the Navy was winning the war against maritime criminals, but also pointed out that the fight was not in a perfect situation as the navy still had some challenges to contend with.

Further reduction in the barrels of crude stolen from the shores of Nigeria would be of huge benefit to Nigeria now that the price of crude has continued to drop.

The Nation will be able to boast of more quantity of crude for sales in the international market, thereby shoring up the revenue generated from crude oil sales which at the moment is the nation’s major source of revenue.


NSCDC Arrest Six Suspects Over Adulterated Petroleum Product

Adulterated FuelThe Commandant, Nigerian Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Abia State, Andy Dateer, has warned the persons involved in the act of sabotaging government efforts through vandalism activities to desist from it, as the command would ensure that all the hoodlums are chased out of Abia State.

During the parade of suspects involved in conveying adulterated petroleum product, Mr Dateer told reporters in his office in Umuahia that the agency was committed to ending oil theft in the region.

Dateer called on the public to be security conscious and report any suspicious move to the command and advised tanker drivers  to be aware of the product that they are conveying.

“Ignorance will not be an excuse if anyone is caught in the crime,” he warned.

In recent times, it is no longer business as usual for trucks conveying petroleum products to show its way bill alone as evidence to be allowed to continue its journey.

This is because the watchful eye of the NSCDC are involved in proper searching and testing of products being conveyed into the state to ensure that saboteurs of government effort do not go scout free.

It was during such exercise that two trucks, one of them conveying 7,000 litres of adulterated  gas from Enugu to Umuahia was apprehended while the other truck coming from Port Harcourt was loaded with Good fuel but inside the truck, several gallons of cans filled with adulterated fuel were hidden.

According to the Commandant, the NSCDC, Abia State, the discovery is another type of deceptive method of sabotage and oil theft, with innocent citizens of Nigerian tricked into buying fake and adulterated product.

Meanwhile, the adulterated petroleum product has been confiscated and the suspects arrested.

Jonathan Holds Meeting With Governors From Oil Producing States

jonathan_goodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan has held a closed door meeting with governors of oil producing states in Nigeria at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governors in attendance were Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Theodore Orji (Abia); Lyel Imoke (Cross Rivers); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo).

Bayelsa and Imo States governors were represented by their deputy governors at the Monday meeting which was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and some other top government officials.

The governors refused to speak with reporters at the end of the meeting.

While Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Mr Theodore Orji told journalists that Godswill Akpabio would brief on the outcome of the meeting the Akwa Ibom State Governor in turn told reporters that he was not mandated by the President to brief anyone on the outcome of the meeting and so would not.

These states are seen as major revenue generating state since most of Nigeria’s revenue is generated from oil exploration.

However, the revenue from the oil and gas sector is depleting due to increasing oil theft, a development that must have been discussed at the meeting.

Security agencies are increasing surveillance of oil pipelines across the nation to check the activities of those stealing the nation’s oil.


Navy, JTF Destroy Stolen Crude In Nigeria’s Bonny Creek

Bonny-Creek-Oil-ThievesOfficials of the Nigerian Navy and the Joint Task Force have warned oil thieves and other maritime criminals to stay clear of Nigeria’s waters, promising to tackle their activities and reduce oil theft, depleting the nation’s revenue.  

The Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base Bonny, Captain Hassan Dogara, read a riot act during the burning of two wooden boats with 55 metric tonnes of suspected crude belonging to oil thieves.

During a joint sea patrol with the Joint Task Force, the Forward Operating Base also arrested 11 suspects, seized five speed boats, two wooden boats and a barge containing a total of 285 metric tonnes of suspected petroleum products in creek 6 in Kalibiama Community, Bonny, Rivers State.

The success of the team was attributed to the collaboration of the security agencies.

The Commanding Officer, 146 Battalion, Lieutenant Col. George Nyekwu, said that they would do all they could to ensure that the activities of the oil thieves would come to an end in the region.

“We will chase the oil thieves far away from here the whole of this vicinity. We will make sure that nothing of such will take place here again. Though it is a difficult task, we will try within our own capability to make sure that we stop them,” he said.

In September 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan had said that Nigeria was losing 1.5 billion Naira daily to oil theft and had asked the security agencies to tackle the increasing trend that was affecting the revenue from crude.

Nigeria Sets Aside $1b To Curb Crude Oil Theft

jonathan_goodluckThe Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Sunday said that the government has earmarked one billion dollars for the implementation of a comprehensive programme to check crude oil theft, the vandalism of oil and gas infrastructure and the apprehension and prosecution of crude oil thieves

At separate meetings with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte and the Chief Executive Officer of Shell International, Mr Ben Van Beurden, President Jonathan said that a technical committee had already been set up to look into all aspects of the implementation of the programme.

In a statement, a spokesman for the president, Reuben Abati, said the programme would include further action to enhance the security of pipelines and other oil industry infrastructure, resolve community-related issues, boost youth empowerment in oil-producing areas and enhance the commitment of oil companies to the discharge of their corporate social responsibilities.

President Jonathan said that the fresh onslaught against oil theft planned by his administration would require the maximum co-operation of the international community, especially countries like the Netherlands which were major stakeholders in the global oil industry.

“Oil theft is an aspect of global terrorism, which has become a big industry on its own. It has become a major threat to the Nigerian economy and we need to work with all stakeholders to curb it. The thieves must be traced, apprehended and prosecuted,” the president, who is in the Netherlands for the 2014 Global Nuclear Security Summit, said.

The Dutch Prime Minister assured the president of the commitment of the Netherlands to concerted action against crude oil theft and global terrorism.

Mr Rutte pointed out that President Jonathan’s visit affirmed the strong ties between Nigeria and the Netherlands and assured the president of the willingness of the Netherlands to collaborate more with Nigeria on environmental and security issues, particularly in the Niger delta.

He praised Nigeria’s leadership role in promoting regional security in West Africa, and welcomed the signing of an agreement on immigration between both countries as well as the strong trade relations between Nigeria and the Netherlands.

“The president’s visit is an open testimony of the strong ties between Nigeria and Netherlands. Nigeria is Netherlands’ main trading partner in Africa and the Netherlands is the second biggest European investor in Nigeria,” the Dutch Prime Minister said.

NSCDC Seizes Truck Containing 75 Bags Of Petrol

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has seized a truck containing 75 bags of Premium Motor Spirit, also called fuel, estimated to be up to 34,000 litres.

The seizure is a major breakthrough in the war against petroleum vandalism and illegal trading of the product.

At the headquarters of the NSCDC in Lagos, where the impounded truck is currently being kept, the Lagos State commandant of the security agency, Mr Clement Adesuyi, said that the sack used in the illegal business was a new innovation that the agency had discovered.

The petroleum product was poured into nylon bags, well tied to guard against leakages and stacked into sacks.

“It is zero tolerance for vandalism in 2014. The command will work hard to ensure that vandals were apprehended.

He said the military gave the NSCDC full back-up.

“We will apprehend whoever the owner of the truck is. We have some documents to trace the owner,” Mr Adesuyi said.

He called for the cooperation of Lagos State residents, as the security agency worked towards riding the industry of vandals.