Soldiers Apprehend Oil Thieves, Destroy Tanker Conveying Over 60,000 Liters Of Stolen ProductFeatured, Ignatius Okpara, Latest News Friday, December 27th, 2013
IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu
Soldiers stationed at Ngwa High School, in Aba the commercial city of Abia State, Thursday destroyed a tanker with over 66, 000 liters of stolen petroleum product.
Military sources at the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army headquarters, Enugu, told African Examiner that one of the oil thieves was shot dead by the patrol team as he was trying to escape into the bush.
However, the Commanding Officer, 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. T.T Minimah told newsmen that the unmarked tanker has over 60, 000 liters of crude oil illegally gotten from one of the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC pipeline at Owaza in Ukwa West council area of Abia state.
Hear him: “The incident happened around 1:30am at Owaza. The bunkers, including the driver of the truck and the conductor with other accomplices on sighting my men, dashed into nearby bush, leading to a hot chase on them by the patrol team while one of the suspects died during a shootout.
“What you are seeing today is one of the successes of the military in Aba and indeed, Abia State. We got an intelligence report that some people will come at the wee hours of the night to vandalize pipelines and scoop petroleum products. We step up our surveillance and today; it has really paid off, “ the Commander said.
He further hinted, “this is the sixth time my men have caught oil thieves in the area as they have intensified patrol on the pipeline and warned oil thieves to turn a new leaf.
“We are not going to relax on our oars. We are committed to not only secure the properties of governments, but to also protect lives and property in the state. ”
“This is not the first time we are doing this; it is the 5th or 6th time. This should also serve as a warning to those who are hell bent in sabotaging government. We have intensified our patrol on the pipeline and will continue to make sure that we not only discourage people from pipeline vandalism, but will also make sure that their illegal business does not thrive in Abia state,” he stated.
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