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Oil Theft: Nigerian Navy arrests 2 suspects, seizes truck, car loaded with petroleum products

Photo COllage of Security Personnel and Arrested Suspects Credit: FRCN

*The Nigerian Navy discloses its men have arrested two oil thieves with a truck and Mazda 323 vehicle laden with petroleum products tied inside sacks suspected to be illegally refined diesel and kerosene of about 1,300 litres

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the authorities intensify efforts at combating oil theft and pipeline vandalism across the country, the Nigerian Navy says its operatives have arrested two suspected crude oil thieves in Bayelsa State.

ConsumerConnect learnt the Navy also seized a truck and a Mazda vehicle loaded with 1,300 litres of illegally refined products from the suspects.

Sunday Lakan, Commander, of Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH (NNS), disclosed this development while parading the suspects and the vehicles at the base of the NNS SOROH Thursday, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

Lakan said the arrest was made possible due to an intelligence report on the incident.

The Commander noted: “Our men were dispatched to the area, and reaching the scene this truck behind me was arrested with suspected crude oil stolen from a wellhead.

“However on sighting our men, the driver of the truck abandoned the truck and ran away.”

The Commander also stated: “But he (suspect) left the key behind. We were able to convey the truck to the base for further investigation and necessary action.

“So, while still on patrol, we arrested this other vehicle Mazda 323 with products tied inside sacks suspected to be illegally refined AGO popularly known as diesel and kerosene of about 1,300 litres.”

Lakan explained: “Also, we arrested two suspects a male and a female conveying the products and we arrested them back to the base, and a thorough investigation will be carried out.”

He, therefore, assured Nigerians that authorities would follow all procedures, and all the arrested persons would be handed over to the appropriate security agencies for further investigation and necessary action.

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