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OIL BUNKERING | 9 Foreigners Caught Stealing Oil From NNPC Storage Facility In Lagos

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The Nigerian Navy has apprehended nine (9) foreigners for theft of Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS) at the storage facility of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Lagos.

According to Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, the culprits are a 8 Beninoise  and 1 Ghanaian and.

Shettima said the arrest was carried out by a patrol team dispatched to the area between May 10 and 12.

According to him,  “On May 10 at about 2am, a patrol team posted to the Atlas Cove Island discovered two trucks containing about 200 x 25 litre plastic cans around Akaraba area on the Atlas Cove Island.

“Although, no suspects were found on the scene, it is believed that the cans were prepared for usage in storing illegally siphoned PMS from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines.

“In another incident on the same day, at about 5am, the patrol team discovered five trucks conveying about 70 x 25 litre plastic cans around Abule Glass area on the Atlas Cove Island.

“It is believed that the vehicles were kept in preparation for the movement of stolen product from the NNPC pipelines.”

The commander added that two boats and foreign nationals were also arrested by naval men on routine patrol along the Nigeria-Benin border.

“On May 12 around 6pm, a naval boat on routine patrol along Nigeria-Benin Republic border intercepted two boats conveying a total of 85 x 250 litre drums and another 150 X 25 litre plastic cans suspected to be containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). This is believed to have been stolen from NNPC pipeline laid on the Atlas Cove Island.

“As at the time of the interception, the two boats had on board nine crew members comprising one Ghanaian and eight Beninoise.

“Investigation into the matter is ongoing with a view to unravelling their local collaborators and accordingly, the vehicles and exhibits are in our custody and will be handed over to prosecuting agencies,” he said.

Shettima said the Atlas Cove Island accommodated an NNPC storage facility, which was operated and managed by the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC.

“The facility is designed as a transit depot to supply refined product to other NNPC depots at Mosimi, Ore, Ibadan and Shagamu. Over time, the facility is being threatened by the activities of pipeline vandals and in an effort to curb this ugly trend, the base heightened patrols on the island and its waterfront,” he said.

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