Military uncovers five million-litre stolen crude in Rivers

Military uncovers five million-litre stolen crude in Rivers 

Illegal Oil Bunkering or theft

On Wednesday, the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army revealed the discovery of a significant illegal refinery camp and the confiscation of five million litres of stolen crude oil in a reservoir in Rivers State.

Maj.-Gen. Jamal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding, disclosed that the illegal refinery was located along the Mirinwanyi channel of the Imo River in the Komkom area of Oyigbo Local Government Area.

The troops uncovered the reservoir containing the stolen crude oil, emphasizing the involvement of influential individuals in the widespread oil theft.

“I said it before that most of the arrest were labourers working on the site; we have not been able to get real culprits. We can see the facilities here. It is not something that ordinary persons can set up. It needs money, expertise and careful planning.

“So it is beyond the people we arrest. We are following several leads and we are hoping that those leads will take us to those, who are actually responsible,” the GOC said.

The new discovery is coming about a week after the military discovered about three millions of crude oil in an illegal refinery at Odagwa in the Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Describing the new discovery as sad, the GOC said the military would not rest on its oars in its quest to destroy all illegal refineries and illegal connections in its area of responsibility.

He said, “This is in continuation of our operations to destroy all illegal refineries, illegal connections in our area of responsibility. Based on credible intelligence, this morning, our troops raided this location.

“I thought we would not see anything more than the raid we carried out at Odagwa, unfortunately we are seeing very sad illegal activities taking place in this area.

“We have discovered over 15 boilers and about nine reservoirs. From our estimation, the crude oil that had been stolen and reserved here for processing is over five million litres.

“On our way, we saw large Cotonou boats capable of taking 200 litres. We saw more than five on our way filled with crude oil. It is indeed very sad that these activities continued. We will not get tired. We will continue with our job.”

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