Oil theft: NSCDC uncovers vandalized Shell installation in Rivers State

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By Palma Ileye

In a bid to salvage the economy of the nation from the hands of saboteurs who through illegal oil bunkering activities have continued to vandalize oil pipelines, operate illegal refining sites, tap into the wellhead of multinationals siphon crude oil and damage oil pipeline installations, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad has embarked on intensive surveillance, intelligence gathering and sting operations to arrest, investigate and prosecute perpetrators.

According to a press release issued by NSCDC Spokesperson, CSC Babawale Afolabi, while acting on sustained intelligence the CG’SIS intensified patrol in the following areas: Yam zone Creek Road in Port Harcourt, Abonema Wharf, Nembe waterside amongst others.

The statement disclosed that during the operations which was led by the CG’SIS Commander, DC Apollos Dandaura, it was discovered that a field installation of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has been tampered with and crude oil was being siphoned by some criminal elements who were now at large.

Dandaura added, “Following a sustained intelligence our men swung into action to confirm the authenticity of the Intel we got only to discover that some criminal-minded persons have tapped into Shell’s installation located at Odagwa community in Etche Local Government of Rivers State.

“Upon our investigation, we discovered that these evil perpetrators have destroyed part of the oil transmission point thereby enabling them to gain access to the crude illegally; however, their plans have been foiled as the axis now remains as a flash point where constant patrol will be carried out and all suspects arrested would be brought to book.”