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Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, has uncovered illegal bunkering site, having ten refineries and fifty reservoirs at Odagwa Community in Etche Local Government Area, Rivers State. 

The Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Superintendent of Corps, Olufemi Ayodele who took journalists round the large expanse of land attributed the feat to Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad.

He explained that the perpetrators who have been in the act had a network of pipes within the area to siphon crude from a wellhead of an oil company. 

“The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, OFR has reiterated over time that all acts of economic sabotage would be fought to stand still as suspects arrested would face the full wrath of the law irrespective of their sponsors”

In furtherance, the CG gave a marching order to the Special Intelligence Squad charging them to be more thorough and results oriented in their operations”

“Based on credible intelligence the CG’s SIS swung into action and uncovered 10 illegal local refineries in a forest located at Odagwa Community in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State where 5 suspects were caught in the act of illegally refining of crude oil”.

While conducting an operational tour across the large thick forest about 10 different cooking pots of 50,000 litres capacity were seen with 1 Big Pumping machine, Receiver Tanks, 25 rubber hoses used for pumping crude oil and many long galvanized pipes with unqualified litres of crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil stored in 6 very large reservoirs and other 20 smaller reservoirs dugged in the ground. 

The names of the suspects arrested who have now being handed over to the Rivers State Command for further investigation and possible prosecution are:

Favour Chukwu (M) 29 years, Desmond Umeh (M) 25 years, Godwin Amos (M) 22years, Bineace Galion (M) 38years and Goodnews David (M) 23 years. 

The Rivers State Commandant Basil Igwebueze has condemned the unrepentant act of unscrupulous elements who tapped into the Oil Well Head of Heirs Energies and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) located around Imo River 2 Oil and Gas field at Odagwa in Etche, through different channels, inserted their galvanized pipes and syphoned crude oil while processing same within the premises without recourse. 

He thanked the Commandant General for the commissioning of the Special Intelligence Squad who have been working relentlessly across the States of the federation to combat the menace of illegal dealings in petroleum products, crude oil theft, vandalism of railway lines amongst others. 

“The uncovering of this massive illegal oil bunkering site is a landmark achievement and an indication that the NSCDC as the lead agency in the protection of all critical national assets and infrastructure will continue to combat crude oil theft with a renewed vigour even as we work in synergy with sisters security agencies to salvage the nation’s economy from saboteurs”. 

“Let me reassure you that  thorough investigation has commenced to unravel those behind the scene while all suspects arrested in connection with this act of vandalism and crude oil theft would be charged to Court of competent jurisdiction and their sponsors or cartels would be trailed and brought to book without compromise”. 

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