Nigeria recorded 127 crude oil theft incidents between December 2 and 8, Nigerian National This is according to data Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has disclosed.
This was contained in a report by NNPCL shared via its Twitter (X) account on Tuesday, December 12.
During the reported week, NNPCL and its security partners discovered several incidents, including the following:
51 illegal refineries were uncovered. 29 illegal connections were identified. 8 vessels were found to have AIS (Automatic Identification System) infractions. 6 acts of pipeline vandalism were detected. 5 illegal storage sites were located. 13 arrests were made involving wooden boats. 3 oil spills were reported. 11 vehicle arrests were made, along with 1 vessel arrest.
The sources of these incidents were attributed as follows: Pipeline International Nigeria Limited was linked to 31 incidents. Maton Nigeria Limited was associated with 30 incidents. Tantita Security Services Limited reported 15 incidents. Shell Petroleum Development Company reported 12 incidents. NNPCL Command and Control Center reported 8 incidents. Government Security Agencies reported 31 incidents. These crude oil theft incidents occurred across various locations in Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Abia, and Imo states.
The report highlighted identities of some of the thieves apprehended during the week.
Three thieves were arrested in Isoko South, while three others remained at large.
Two of the arrested thieves were identified as Benard Innocent from Isoko South in Delta State, and Adam Akpobome Godstime, a resident of Owodokpokpo also in Delta State.
The report mentioned that arms, ammunition, and charms were found at the locations where these theft incidents occurred.
Those arrested in Isoko South were allegedly responsible for crude oil theft activities in Uzere and Owodokpokpo in the state.
In total, five crude oil theft suspects were arrested during the highlighted week.
The incidents occurred in various regions: 9 in the Deep Blue Water, 23 in the Western region, 45 in the Central region, and 50 in the Eastern region of the Niger Delta’s oil-producing areas.
Kyari, NNPC GMD
Additionally, the report highlighted an incident where Tantita Security Services Limited intercepted a vessel stealing crude oil from a wellhead offshore in Ondo State.
There was resistance encountered during the interception, while the vessel, currently held by the Nigerian Navy, was reported to have engaged in suspicious activities in Ghana on November 29, 2023, and four times in Nigeria between August and October 2023.
The vessel sails under a Nigerian flag, registered under Regan Navigation Limited since March 2022, with Randling Marine identified as the beneficial owner since May 2023.
It was previously flagged on November 11, 2023, due to multiple identity changes and suspicious activities resembling tankers used in unauthorized crude oil activities.