By Evelyn Usman
lagos—Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft, weekend, foiled vandals operations in Solou, Kamoru and Imola communities in Lagos, forcing them to abandon over 20,000 fifty litres jerricans which were to be used to siphon stolen petroleum product from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipelines.
Some of the jerricans filled with siphoned petroleum products were recovered in an abandoned wooden boat in Ilado-Odo area. The recovery puts into spotlight over 8000 litres of recovered stolen petroleum products from vandals along that axis, in two days.
The recovery was made during a raid of the communities by the Navy in its resolve to checkmate excesses of crude oil thieves.
Led by the Commander, NNS Beecroft, Commodore Abraham Adaji and personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the raid was extended beyond the waters as operatives stormed communities around the creeks.
In the process, a route which links the farewell buoy, a location on sea where oil tankers wait for clearance from relevant authorities was discovered.
On closer observation, it was discovered that pipes were connected from the oil tankers to a wooden boat in which were over 200 drums.
Some of the drums were discovered to have been filled with siphoned products from one of the oil tanks. The pipes were subsequently disconnected and the boat in which were over 200 drums, seized. However no arrest was made.
Also in the creeks over 20,000 abandoned jerry cans marked with different initials such as MX, VTN, SNT were sighted at different locations.
Earlier around Ilado-Odo, the operatives swooped on some suspected vandals who were apparently returning from an operation. Sighting the operatives, the vandals fled, abandoning their boat at the shore of the sea. Recovered from their boat were 27 ( 250) litres jerricans filled with siphoned petroleum product.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the six-hour patrol, Commodore Adaji warned vandals to desist from such illicit act , informing that the Navy was determined to rid the country’s waterways of oil thieves and vandals.
He stated that strategic measures were being explored to ensure pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft come to an end.
‘’One of the measures the NNPC is also exploring is partnership with local authorities that are closest to where these assets are . They are men with some root in the community who lives in the area and they will be the first to know if anything is going on”.