NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Oil Bunkering Sites in Rivers, Recovers Refined Products

Nigeria's NSCDC uncovers two illegal oil bunkering sites in Rivers State, discovering siphoned oil and recovered items. The agency launches an investigation, with suspects in custody, to combat oil theft and illegal bunkering.

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NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Oil Bunkering Sites in Rivers, Recovers Refined Products

NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Oil Bunkering Sites in Rivers, Recovers Refined Products

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has uncovered two illegal oil bunkering sites in Rivers State, Nigeria. The discovery was made on May 13, 2024, by the Commandant General's Special Intelligence Squad following an intelligence report. The sites were located at the Odagwa Owaza Riverside boundaries of Rivers and Abia states, and in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Why this matters: The ongoing oil theft and illegal bunkering in Nigeria have significant economic and environmental implications, resulting in billions of dollars in annual revenue losses and damage to the environment. Efforts to combat these illicit activities are crucial to ensuring the country's economic stability and environmental sustainability.

At the sites, illegal connections were found to have been used for siphoning oil from wellheads using large hoses buried underground in dense forests. Vandals had also tampered with valves at the Imo River 2 oil and gas flow station operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Commission. The operation led to the recovery of various items, including pumping machines, hoses, 5,000 liters of locally refined petroleum products, 10,000 liters of kerosene, and tools.

Dandaura Appolos, the CG's SIS commander, reaffirmed the NSCDC's commitment to combating oil theft across the nation. "Let me at this point reassure the public that the NSCDC remains committed to its statutory mandate as the lead agency in safeguarding all critical national assets and infrastructure across the nation," he stated.

The NSCDC's intelligence department has launched a thorough investigation into the matter, with suspects in custody currently assisting the ongoing probe. Oil theft and illegal bunkering have long plagued Nigeria, which relies heavily on oil revenues. The country loses billions of dollars annually due to such illicit activities, which also cause environmental damage and revenue losses for the government and oil companies.

In recent years, the Nigerian government has intensified efforts to combat oil theft and illegal bunkering, with agencies like the NSCDC playing a crucial role in detecting and dismantling such operations. The latest discovery by the NSCDC in Rivers State underscores the ongoing challenges and the need for sustained efforts to tackle this pervasive issue.

Key Takeaways

  • NSCDC uncovers 2 illegal oil bunkering sites in Rivers State, Nigeria.
  • Sites were found in Odagwa Owaza Riverside boundaries and Etche Local Government Area.
  • Illegal connections siphoned oil from wellheads using large hoses buried underground.
  • Operation recovered various items, including pumping machines and petroleum products.
  • NSCDC launches investigation, with suspects in custody, to combat oil theft.