The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Rivers State has detained 10 individuals suspected of illegal oil bunkering and vandalism near the Alakiri waterways in Okrika Local Government Area.
The Corps revealed that five of these suspects were handed over by the 29 Battalion Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, along with evidence including metal pipes and cylinders.
The remaining five were arrested by the 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, and subsequently transferred to the NSCDC for a more detailed investigation.
Rivers State NSCDC Commandant, Basil Igwebueze, during a media briefing, also mentioned the seizure of nine vehicles abandoned by suspects in the Trans-Amadi region of Port Harcourt.
These vehicles were found to contain illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in various containers. Igwebueze stressed the Corps’ dedication to prosecuting these individuals and reiterated the importance of safeguarding the nation’s assets.
The persistent issue of illegal oil bunkering in Nigeria, particularly in the Niger Delta region, poses significant economic and environmental challenges.
The NSCDC’s recent apprehension of suspects and seizure of vehicles in Rivers State is a commendable step towards curbing this menace.
However, the underlying factors driving individuals towards this illicit trade, such as unemployment and poverty, need addressing.
Collaborative efforts between security agencies, local communities, and the government are essential to provide sustainable solutions and ensure the protection of Nigeria’s valuable resources.
Did You Know?
- Illegal oil bunkering leads to significant revenue loss for Nigeria, affecting the nation’s economy.
- The environmental impact of oil theft includes pollution of water bodies and destruction of aquatic life.
- The NSCDC plays a crucial role in protecting Nigeria’s critical infrastructure, including oil installations.
- Rivers State, located in the Niger Delta region, is rich in oil and gas resources.
- Collaborative efforts between security agencies have proven effective in combating illegal oil activities.