The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command, has discovered a sizable dump site used to store stolen crude oil and illegally refined petroleum products in the Agbada Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
This becomes the most recent findings in the federal government’s campaign against pipeline vandals, unauthorised refineries, and oil theft in the Niger Delta region of the country.
Less than two kilometres separate the gated dump site with 10 plots from the Agbada flow Station run by Heirs Oil and Gas. It contains 170 surface industrial tanks with a capacity of 1,000 litres apiece and two metal storage tanks with a capacity of roughly 5,500 litres.
Confirming the discovery, the Commandant of NSCDC, Rivers State Command, Michael Ogar, who led officers of the command and journalists to the dump site, says the premises was uncovered by the Command’s Antivandal unit following credible intelligence.
4 persons working at the dump site including the gatekeeper and supervisor were arrested.
Ogar expressed concern over the proximity of the dump site to the Agbada Flow Station, saying a comprehensive investigation has been launched into the illegal business.
He announced the takeover of the premises by officers of the command, noting that it will remain sealed until the conclusion of investigation to unravel the owner of the dump site.
The NSCDC State Commandant also reiterated that any building or site where illegal oil bunkering activities are discovered would be sealed by the Corps and subsequently forfeited to the federal government.
Some of the suspects arrested at the dump site, however, denied any involvement in crude oil theft, saying they are carrying out genuine business on the site.
via: Information Nigeria