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Another illegal pipeline discovered in Delta

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

NNPC and Shell Petroleum Development Company have been alleged of oil theft.

The security company authorized by the federal government, the Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, operated by a former militant commander, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has unraveled another illegal pipeline connecting to the Trans Forcados Export Trunk line. According to the report, the illegal oil pipeline was discovered close to a military security post less than one kilometre from the Forcados Export terminal in Ogulagha, a community in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, south-south Nigeria.

In August the Federal Government had ensured the region’s safety over oil theft and vandalism to the security company awarded through a surveillance contract reportedly worth N48 billion per year (N4 billion per month). The theft is allegedly carried out through an illegal pipeline connecting to the trunk line through a pipeline abandoned by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and linked to a point in the high sea, where crude oil is loaded onto vessels and sold internationally.

Victims Vanguard plans legal action against NNPC and SPDC.

A group dedicated to fighting for the rights and compensation of victims of oil spills, health hazards of gas flaring and accountability in Nigeria’s extractive industry, the Oil Spillage Victims Vanguard, has reportedly threatened legal action against NNPC and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over the illegal pipeline connections used to steal the country’s crude oil, following a report from an anonymous source claiming that oil companies, oil bunkers, NNPC, and security officials are jointly involved in crude oil theft.

Notably, the SPDC controls the operations of the Forcados Terminal at Ogulagha, which has a capacity of 400,000 barrels per day. Speaking to the media, Harrison Jalla, executive director of the victims’ Vanguard, said that although there have been several instances of crude oil theft in the Niger Delta, the surveillance company is most interested in the Forcados Terminal crude oil heist. He alleged that the firms indicated above had been hoarding national resources for the last nine years.

Crude oil theft is becoming rampant in the region.

Jalla asserts that the planned lawsuit against NNPC and SPDC would serve as a deterrent to others involved in illegal activity in the region. Starting with the Shell Group in charge of the terminal. It was gathered that the oil bunkers usually ferry crude oil to the sea for loading and onward movement abroad through the abandoned NAOC pipeline. He gives the two organizations an ultimatum, stating that they should open up to the court about everything they know about the massive oil heists since 2003.

The Vanguard of Victims is dedicated to reiterating its goal by holding the NNPC and SPDC responsible for the oil theft and atrocities perpetrated against the people of the Niger Delta. Although it is unclear whether other regions where pipelines cross over the region are also affected, Jalla claims that crude oil hoarding is becoming more rampant in the Niger Delta region and that numerous foreign oil companies will have to account for this felony.

Significant achievements of the surveillance company.

Earlier this month, the security company in collaboration with authorities, discovered 58 illegal oil pipelines in Delta and Bayelsa States where crude oil was being tapped. This accomplishment took place barely two months after the security company was awarded the multi billion naira oil security contract in the Niger Delta region. The action is geared towards reducing the menace caused to the state to a bare minimum. Additionally, surveillance operations have so far discovered 16 trans-Ramos/Forcados pipeline breaches at Yokri Egbe, Delta State.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The pipeline vandalization will continue in Nigeria because of the people involved in the act are well known people and they share the proceed among themselves

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

The oil theft need to be solve because it affect our economy the criminal act is perform by those who know about oil distribution in other to solve the issue the insider people also need to be caught

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Good job by the surveillance operations.
For their effort towards reducing the menace caused to the state to a bare minimum. I pray God deliver us from fraudulent acts in this country.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The threat of a lawsuit from the government against NNPC and SPDC may discourage similar behavior from other companies in the area.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

I most say this that Topollo and his team are doing a nice job. This present administration is worst of all. Presido Bubu had succeeded in putting his Fulani people in place of authority, they are the one milking the country of her resources. They want to embezzle as many as they can before leaving office. It is well o

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Most of the time, the oil bunkers take crude oil to the sea to be loaded and then sent overseas through the old NAOC pipeline.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

An unidentified source reported that oil corporations, oil bunkers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and security officials were all complicit in the theft of crude oil.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

It was less than one kilometer away from the Forcados Export Port when the unauthorized oil pipeline was found in close proximity to a military security station.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

The protection of the region against acts of vandalism and theft of oil had been delegated by the federal government, in the form of a surveillance contract, to a private security firm.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

A group that is committed to fighting for the rights of victims of oil spills and ensuring that they get compensated for their losses. They are also concerned about the health risks associated with gas flaring and the lack of accountability in Nigeria’s extractive industry.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The impending legal action taken against NNPC and SPDC will function as a deterrent to others who are engaged in illicit behavior in the region. To begin, the Shell Group, which is responsible for operating the terminal

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Although it is unknown whether or not other places that are traversed by pipelines are also impacted, it is apparent that this region is.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The vandalism of pipelines in Nigeria will continue as long as the individuals responsible are well recognized and as long as they divide the proceeds among themselves.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The theft of oil has a negative impact on our economy and must be stopped. Those with knowledge of oil distribution are the perpetrators of the crime, so catching them is necessary for a full resolution of the problem.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Another illegal pipeline discovered in Delta. If i talk say the country self is illegal e go be like person dey insult the country. If the country a is been lead well all this nonsense won’t be happening

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

This surveillance company is really trying in its effort to curb hoarding of crude in the state judging with all this achievement within a short period authorized by the federal government.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

What a revelation of professional oil theft going on in Delta state. It all shows that this current administration is a scam. They are not there for our interest but for personal and selfish reasons which the script is already playing out. Soon if the script play out perfectly they shall be caught except they are getting protection from the highest authority in Nigeria.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

The oil thefts has significantly affected our economy and must be stopped. It’s getting too much and need to be curbed