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  • Updated: December 06, 2023

Crude oil theft: 163 incidents in one week sheds light on complex challenges

Crude oil theft: 163 incidents in one week sheds light on co

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has revealed startling new data regarding crude oil theft. A total of 163 instances were documented between November 25 and December 1.

The discovery first aired on the NTA Network on Tuesday nights during the weekly Energy and You series from the NNPCL.

Among the many illegal activities discovered during this period were 69 illegal connections in the states of Bayelsa and Rivers, 14 illegal refineries, 10 pipeline vandalism incidents, 10 vessel AIS infractions, 41 arrests connected to wooden boats in Bayelsa state, 5 vehicle arrests in the states of Delta and Rivers, 11 oil spills, and 3 illegal storage sites.

Important events include the finding of stolen crude oil in drums in Warri, Delta State; sacks full of crude oil in Koluama, Bayelsa State; and several locations in Aluu, Iba, and Isiokpo, Rivers State, where dumpsites, oil pits, and bags of stolen crude oil were discovered.

The discovery of a market in Warri, Delta State, for the exchange of stolen crude oil, was alarming.

To stop the ongoing theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta, authorities worked with NNPCL to quickly shut down this illicit enterprise.

The report details 163 cases in various places where arrests were made for the theft of crude oil. 14 occurrences occurred in the Deep Blue water, 52 in the Western region, 35 in the Central region, and 62 in the Eastern region, according to the breakdown.

Contributing elements included grassroots involvement, community involvement, quiet observers, a wide network of people and organisations, and survival in the face of adversity.

This concerning increase highlights the critical need for all-encompassing remedies that deal with the underlying issues, with an emphasis on environmental restoration, economic growth, and more support for the impacted communities to end the cycle of poverty that gives rise to these illegalities.

Finding long-term solutions to this urgent problem is urged by the report to policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public.

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