BREAKING NEWS: NSCDC uncovers massive illegal oil bunkering site, arrests 5 suspects in Rivers

NSCDC uncovers massive illegal oil bunkering site, arrests 5 suspects in Rivers

NSCDC uncovers massive illegal oil bunkering site, arrests 5 suspects in Rivers

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The Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC Commandant General's Special Intelligence Squad has uncovered a significant illegal oil bunkering site at Odagwa community in Etche Local Area of .

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, NSCDC Rivers State Command, Superintendent Olufemi Ayodele, the successful discovery of over 10 illegal , containing an estimated 500,000 litres of crude oil in about 50 illegally constructed reservoirs, was based on credible intelligence.

Ayodele emphasized that the NSCDC remains committed to combating crude oil theft, illegal mining, and other illicit activities related to petroleum products across the country.

He reiterated the stance of the NSCDC Commandant General, Ahmed Audi who has consistently vowed to pursue all acts of economic sabotage to their full extent, regardless of the perpetrators' sponsors.

The statement read, “The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, OFR has reiterated over time that all acts of economic sabotage would be fought to stand still as suspects would the full wrath of the law irrespective of their sponsors.

“In furtherance, the CG gave a marching order to the Special Intelligence Squad charging them to be more thorough and results-oriented in their operations” “Based on credible intelligence the CG's SIS swung into action and uncovered 10 illegal local refineries in a forest located at Odagwa Community in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State where 5 suspects were caught in the act of illegally refining of crude oil.”

The statement revealed that during the operational tour of the area, various equipment and storage facilities, including pots, pumping machines, rubber hoses, and many galvanized pipes were found.

“While conducting an operational tour across the large thick forest about 10 different cooking pots of 50,000 litres capacity were seen with 1 Big Pumping machine, Receiver Tanks, 25 rubber hoses used for pumping crude oil and many long galvanized pipes with unqualified litres of crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil stored in 6 very large reservoirs and other 20 smaller reservoirs dugged in the ground.”

The NSCDC noted that the suspects arrested have been handed over to the Rivers State Command for further investigation and possible prosecution.
They are identified as Favour Chukwu (29), Desmond Umeh (25), Godwin Amos (22), Bineace Galion (38), and Goodnews (23).

Rivers State Commandant of the NSCDC, Basil Igwebueze condemned the brazen act of tapping into oil well heads and illegally refining crude oil.

He expressed gratitude for the Commissioning of the Special Intelligence Squad, which has been tirelessly working across the states to combat illegal activities related to petroleum products and safeguard critical national assets and infrastructure.

 

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