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Naval Operatives Uncover Oil Thieves Hideout in Delta, Nab 16

By IGNATIUS OKPARA, Asaba
BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Operatives of the Nigerian Navy have  uncovered a hideout of crude oil thieves in Oteghale village, in Warri-South council Area of Delta State, just as they apprehended 16 of the suspects.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Augustine Suleiman, who disclosed this to newsmen said suspects were arrested following a tip-off.

“The operatives discovered a hop tap on the Trans Forcados pipeline fixed with six inches valve that allows crude oil thieves’ access to Nigerian crude unhindered.

According to him, “A trip to the site revealed drums of over 8,000 tones through illegal trades and the operatives realised that the Cotonou boats were not available and illegal refineries no longer existing with impunity.”

The Naval chief who hinted that the raid on the hideout was carried out at the weekend, had assured the public of their readiness to bring the illegal business to an end, added that “the suspects would be handed over to the police for further prosecution.

“What they are doing now is to connect pipes to the export line.

“They attach the pipes to the line and lay the pipes as far as two kilometers off shore and load directly from there.

He therefore, warned perpetrators of the illicit act to repent and embrace other genuine source of livelihood, or be ready to face the music when nabbed.

 

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