January 4, 2013
ABOUT 1.65 million litres of crude oil has been intercepted by a Seaway Security outfit in the riverine communities of Ondo State from oil bunkerers. The bunkerers who fled following the
interception by the security outfit
abandoned five barges, seven speed
boats, 14 engines of speed boats and
other instruments used for their illegal
Spokesman of the Gallery Security Service Limited, Ebi Bolos told newsmen at Agadagba in Ese Odo Council Area that the speedboats were reportedly stolen by the fleeing economic saboteurs. Bolos said that the barges and the speedboats were intercepted at the boundaries of Delta and Edo states
while the smugglers were about
ferrying the crude oil to the oil
communities of the state to sell to unsuspecting oil dealers.
He added that “seven big boats arrested are filled with crude oil. We have seven speedboats too which we impounded. We have 14 stolen engines. We arrested them at the boundaries of Delta and Edo.
“They were bringing them from
neighbouring states. From there we
apprehend them because we won’t
allow them to come to Ondo. We will
hand them to the security agencies.
Each of the big boats can contain at least 10 tankers with 33, 000 litre capacity each. “If the government can support us we will do more. Financially we are not getting the necessary support from government. If this continues the criminal activities will stop and the country will earn more from crude because the activities of the vandals will stop.
Bolos said with the help of a “former
militant Chief Bibopiri Ajube and our
men, we were able to recover stolen
engines from them which they used
for bunkering business, to vandalise
the pipes, collect the crude and take it to wherever they want to sell it.