20 suspected oil thieves were arrested by a combined team of Nigerian Navy, the Army and other security
agencies collaborating with the NNPC/PPMC to monitor and patrol the pipelines in response to the war declared against crude oil theft and pipeline vandalisation by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC.
The crackdown was necessitated by recent revelation by the PPMC that the nation lost about N50 billion in 10 months as a result of vandalisation of petroleum pipelines in some parts of the country. According to Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, the suspects were intercepted by patrol team between the Atlas Cove and Mosimi depot and were specifically smashed at the Ilado/Ilase Pipeline axis.
According to the Managing Director of PPMC, Mrs. Esther Nnamdi – Ogbue, “In line with the directives of Mr. President to ensure zero tolerance against crude oil theft and pipeline vandals, the measures put in place by Kachikwu have started achieving positive results.
“Between the Atlas Cove and Mosimi depot, a team of Nigerian Navy, the Army and other security
agencies collaborating with the NNPC/PPMC apprehended a 20-man syndicate group which included a woman.
“These are notorious members of gang engaging in pipeline vandalisation and product theft
along the Ilado/Ilase pipeline axis.
“Also confiscated from the vandals are 2 Hilux trucks, with thousands of jerry cans filled with petroleum products, equipment and several generators.
“The suspected vandals have been taken into custody at the Nigerian Naval Base, Western Command, Apapa and are awaiting further interrogation.
The PPMC MD, Nnamdi – Ogbue, said the agency has recorded a lot of success along the Atlas Cove and Mosimi axis of the pipeline with renewed collaboration with security agencies in the last two weeks and maintained that “ The PPMC will collaborate with the Nigerian Navy, the Army and other security agencies to ensure that they put a total stop to the vandals’ activities.
“ We hope that those apprehended will soon be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent for others to desist from these nefarious activities.”


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