“We’re steadily winning war against crude oil theft, militancy in Niger-Delta” – Army Commander

Commander of 16 Brigade Nigerian Army/Sector 2, ‘Operation Delta Safe’ (OPDS), says the military is winning the fight against militancy and crude oil theft in the Niger Delta. Yakasai spoke on Sunday at the end of the 2022 West African social activities (WASA) held at camp Tukur Buratai barracks, Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa state. The crude oil theft has been a source of concern to the government, with huge revenue diverted to the pockets of the perpetrators. Recall that in October 2022, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL)…

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Oil theft: ‘7-yr-old’ illegal tapping point uncovered in Rivers community 

An illegal tapping point on the Trans-Niger Pipeline (TNP) has been uncovered in the Nonwa Uedume community, of Tai local government area, Rivers State. The Executive Chairman of Tai LGA, Rivers, Mbakpone Okpe, led the discovery team to the site on Monday. Others present at the site include security operatives of the Nigerian Army, officers of the Department of State Services (DSS), Tai local security task force and pipeline surveillance contractors. Speaking on the incident, the Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC-Nigeria), Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, in an issued…

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‘$1bn crude oil shipped as illegal export from Nigeria between 2016-2019’ – AuGF Report

Crude oil, Nigeria’s main export, continues to dwindle from the effect of scandalous corruption in the oil sector as a report by the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF), has revealed the latest news of sleaze in the country’s oil and gas shipping. According to the AuGF’s report, more than 17.877 million barrels of crude oil, “valued at $1,020,969,281.12 (One billion, twenty million, nine hundred and sixty-nine thousand, two hundred and eighty-one dollars, twelve cents only), were exported from 2016 to 2019 without proper documentation. According to the report, which was…

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FG urged to take decisive action against oil theft in 2023

A development and economic expert, Chiwuike Uba, has urged the Federal Government to decisively tackle widespread insecurity and all-involving oil theft in 2023. Uba, who is the Board Chairman of Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF), in an issued statement yesterday, said that the two major challenges had made a mess of 2022 financial earnings as well as flow of the entire country. Uba noted that these ugly trends had devastated both macro- and micro-levels of the economy; thus, inflicting financial pain on governments, corporate entities and individual Nigerians. Uba, who is…

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Illegal Export Shipping: $46.16bn lost to oil theft in 12 years – NEITI claims

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, (NEITI), yesterday backed the decision of the Federal Government to set up Special Investigative Panel on Oil Theft and Losses, claiming that the country has lost 619.7 million barrels of crude oil valued at $46.16 billion or N16.25 trillion in twelve years from (2009 to 2020). NEITI in a statement by the Head, Communications and Advocacy, Obiageli Onuorah in Abuja explained that the losses were from theft and sabotage based on information and data provided by an average of eight companies covered by NEITI…

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Criminal Enterprise: “We will expose those behind oil theft, loses in Nigeria” – PAP Boss, Ndiomu  

The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP) Retired Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu has disclosed plans by the Special investigative panel on oil theft and losses in Nigeria to embark on a thorough probe that will unravel not only the incidences of oil theft and losses but those behind the criminal enterprise. The National Security Adviser to the President, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), had inaugurated a special Investigative panel on oil theft and losses in Nigeria, chaired by the interim administrator of the PAP. Speaking shortly after the committee…

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NSCDC’s fight against oil theft is total – Commandant

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says the Agency has matched its words with action in the fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, among other mandates of the organisation. The State’s Commandant, Akinsanya Abiodun, disclosed this while receiving an award from the Contingent of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Senior Course 45 on Study Tour to Abiodun in his office at the state’s headquarters in Asaba, the Delta State capital. Akinsanya said that before now, illegal dealing on petroleum products was an all-comers affair,…

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Crude Oil theft: PANDEF, N/Delta stakeholders commend Tompolo’s pipelines security firm

The regional body of the South-South, pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, along with other stakeholders of the region, have commended ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, and his pipelines security firm, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, for doing a great job.  Speaking yesterday, at Port Harcourt, Rivers state, the National Publicity Secretary, PANDEF, Ken Robinson, applauded Kyari for recognising the efforts of Tompolo in securing oil pipelines awarded to his company. Robinson noted that the problem Tompolo and others were drafted to solve would not have escalated to the point of…

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Crude Oil Theft: ‘Nigeria lost $2bn in 8 months’, Senate alleges

… Bows to pressure; fails to indict masterminds The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee meant to investigate the siphoning of the country’s crude oil and the negative impact of the plague on the economy, on Tuesday submitted its findings to plenary. The findings painstakingly detailed that between January and August 2022, Nigeria lost an unwholesome $2billion, that is, N1.3 trillion to oil thieves. It said: “Nigeria lost over $2billion to oil theft between January and August 2022, with consequent loss of revenue that would support the country’s fiscal deficits and budget implementation.” The…

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Crude Oil Theft: Armed gangs engage in mini-war with Tompolo’s security men in over pipeline contract

Tantita Security Services Limited who have exposed illegal pipelines being used for crude oil theft in some parts of the Niger-Delta have come under attack from gunmen desperate to sustain the illegal activities. The aide, who identified himself as Waterway Crayfish, quoted Tompolo as saying those bombarding him and his household with threat messages over the surveillance job he secured from the Federal Government are saboteurs, who, according to him, would continue to have his security outfit to contend with. He said the discovery of an illegal oil pipeline that…

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