Navy seizes 33,250 litres of stolen fuel

Officials of the Nigerian Navy have evacuated 1,330 jerrycans containing 33,250 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol believed to have been siphoned from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines on the island of Atlas Cove, Lagos.Each jerrican contains 25 litres.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Rear Admiral Maurice Eno, said intelligence report showed the presence of the vandals and thieves around Ilado Odo Phase II, Ilashe, Corner Loss, Sarkin Juju and Nagbe beach at Idimagoro area of Atlas Cove, Lagos.

He said: “The base monitored the activities around that area for about three weeks to ascertain the veracity of the information.
“On December 14, about 8.10a.m., they swooped into action by deploying a detachment of personnel from the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft, who raided the locations and discovered a storage facility having over 1,500 jerrycans while 1,330 of the jerrycanscontained product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) believed to have been siphoned from the NNPC pipelines on the island. At the time of the raid, no person was found on the storage facility.

“The product was evacuated from the storage facility to NNS Beecroft base for safe custody. The team also discovered the siphoning points where valves were connected by the vandals to steal the product…
“The Nigerian Navy under the current leadership of the current Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, is determined to rid our waterways and hinterland of all forms of criminality. The Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft is therefore committed to assisting NNPC deal with the issue of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.

“Nigerian Navy therefore uses this medium to warn pipeline vandals and other criminal elements particularly in our maritime environment to desist from nefarious activities and pursue lawful means of livelihood or else they will be brought to justice.”
Because of the quantity of the jerricans, it took the personnel two days to evacuate the product.

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