The NNPC GMD has accused security officials of collaborating with crude oil thieves

4km Illegal Forcados pipeline: What Nigerians are saying

The group managing director and chief executive officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has accused the government and security officials of collaborating with oil thieves to steal Nigeria’s crude oil.

This is because the NNPC boss also disclosed that those involved in the theft of crude oil have now used technology to lay pipelines without anyone seeing.

Kyari announced this while speaking on a pre-recorded program on Channels Television, Newsnight, where he said that collaboration within the system has helped in the theft of crude oil for a while, as the extent of such collaboration authorities do not know.

Use of technology: said Kyari

  • If you introduce the technology of theft, and this is exactly what they do, and if there is a collaboration of people who are not appropriate about the activities, you can put the pipelines and nobody will see it.
  • “You can do it at night if you have the ability, and ultimately this is what we think is happening. You can put pipelines for the wrong reasons on properties that may be abandoned or even active, properties that not intended for such purposes. That means you can see end-to-end collaboration even with the people who are around the assets, the people who operate the assets, the people who have to provide security for these properties, etc.
  • “And you can eliminate anything. If you find partners in the system, you can get anything done. We don’t know because the extent of the collaboration is unknown to us, and importantly what the intervention process brings to the table is knowledge that we didn’t know before.

For the record: Crude oil theft has been a thorny issue in Nigeria for several years with unimaginable amounts of oil taken by some cabals in the oil industry, with serious consequences for the country’s economy.

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Recall that earlier in October, the NNPC announced that it had discovered an illegal 4-kilometer pipeline connected from the Forcados Terminal and operating for 9 years with about 600,000 barrels per day of oil lost in same time.

Similarly, a former militant leader, Government Ekpemepulo, popularly known as Tompolo, said about 58 illegal oil points have been discovered since the commencement of the operation to end oil theft in the waterways of Delta and Bayelsa states. .

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