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  • Updated: April 25, 2024

Abia: NSCDC apprehends notorious oil thieves

Abia: NSCDC apprehends notorious oil thieves

The Abia State Command of Nigeria's Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paraded two persons suspected to have  vandalized petroleum pipelines. The suspects are also involved in crude oil theft, and other illicit petroleum product activities.

The two suspects, Samson Koki, 25, and Zakaria Yakubu, 18, were previously on the wanted list, according to the command.

The two suspects were nabbed at Shell Well Head 26, Owaza, Ukwa West LGA, Abia State.

Ndukwe Agu Egwu, Head of the Public Relations Unit of Abia NSCDC, stated in a statement that the arrest was made possible by a combined operation of the NSCDC, DSS, and Shell internal security operations.

“The successful arrest of the suspects who have been on the Abia NSCDC wanted list is considered a major breakthrough in our unreserved commitment to win the war against oil pipeline vandalism,” he said.

The NSCDC praised the public for providing timely information that led to the arrest of the offenders, stating that the arrest was in accordance with Commandant General Abubakar Audi's directions.

The suspects were found with fifty-five cellophane bags containing petroleum goods presumed to be crude oil and a lengthy hose.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Delta Command, have apprehended three oil thieves in possession of approximately 16,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, commonly known as diesel.

The suspects, along with the refined products transported in a large wooden boat commonly referred to as the 'Cotonou boat,' were presented before journalists in Warri on Tuesday by the NSCDC Commandant in Delta, Jimoh Suleiman.

Speaking to newsmen, the NSCDC Delta Commandant disclosed that the suspects were nabbed on Sunday within the vicinity of the Madagho community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state, following extensive surveillance efforts.

"We have been trailing the suspects for the past three days before successfully apprehending them," he stated.

Expressing concern, the NSCDC boss noted the possibility of the suspects tampering with pipelines.

"It is evident that the product was vandalized somewhere. We are not relenting and we will not sleep. Others who plan to sabotage the economy should steer clear of Delta because we are vigilant,” he said.

He added that they were apprehended alongside nine GP tanks, with four of the tanks loaded with products, two pumping machines, a generator, and a counting machine.

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