JTF – OP PULO SHIELD PRESENT 2013 HALF-YEAR REPORT; 24 SEAGOING VESSELS, 133 BARGES AND 861 ‘COTONOU’ BOATS SEIZED IN 594 RAIDS…608 SUSPECTED OIL THIEVES ARRESTED, 748 ILLEGAL REFINERIES SCUTTLED

Seized bunkering vessel(aka 'Cotonou boat') used for conveying barrels by oil racketeers

Seized bunkering vessel(aka ‘Cotonou boat’) used for conveying barrels by oil racketeers

VANGUARD
Wednesday July 31st, 2013

The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta
code-named ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, said it has arrested 608 suspected oil thieves in 594 raids carried out between January and June. The JTF spokesman, Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Yenagoa that oil theft was consequently on the decline.

“So far, we have carried out 594 illegal oil bunkering patrols, and several arrests have been made. In the two quarters we are talking about, we’ve scuttled about 748 illegal refineries within the region and we have impounded 24 seagoing vessels; we equally arrested 133 barges involved in oil theft. And 861 giant open wooden boats popularly referred to as Cotonou boats have been scuttled over this period.

“About 910 large surface tanks, which oil
thieves engaged in illegal refineries use
to reserve the crude have been scuttled.
We’ve taken into custody about 608
suspects who are involved in oil theft and oil theft related cases.’’

On the rate of oil theft, which reportedly
led to a combined shut-in of 190,000
barrels per day production in Bayelsa,
Nwachukwu said that the JTF was making a positive impact. The spokesman said: “Of course, we stepped up our operational activities and I assure you that oil theft now is going down.

“Two major pipelines were shut down
and before these pipelines were actually
shut down, our patrol troops had reported breaches on these pipelines. And if the oil companies had reacted in time to these reports, the breaches would have been clamped, and it would not have resulted in this entire shutdown of the pipelines. So, I would say that if you fly over the entire area, you will find that most of the illegal refineries that were in operation, that were alive in those days, have been shut down, completely; scuttled.’’

Nwachukwu said that the JTF was making progress in its campaign against oil theft because of support of residents and community leaders in the oil-bearing communities.

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2 Responses to JTF – OP PULO SHIELD PRESENT 2013 HALF-YEAR REPORT; 24 SEAGOING VESSELS, 133 BARGES AND 861 ‘COTONOU’ BOATS SEIZED IN 594 RAIDS…608 SUSPECTED OIL THIEVES ARRESTED, 748 ILLEGAL REFINERIES SCUTTLED

  1. Yagazie says:

    Kudos to the JFT Operation Pulo Shield personnel. Well Done and more grease to your elbows on performing such a difficult National Assignment with professionalism and distinction.

    EFCC lets see some dilligent prosecutions and convictions of the apprehended suspects and their ‘ogas at the top’ please!

    Fellow Cyber Generals, saw on NTA news yesterday that NEITI (Nigerian Extractive industries Transparency International?) presented their report on the extractive industry in Nigeria to the Finance Minister. Wait for this…our beloved country has lost $10.7 billion between 2011-2013 due to oil theft/pipeline vandalism and this is despite the Fed Govt also gave a juicy pipeline monitoring contract running into tens of millons of dollars to one of the former Niger Delta Millitant warlords!!!

    Yet the provision of adequate funds for the acquistion of suitable platforms/assets for our Navy (to enable them perform their constitutional role in monitoring/defending our territorial waters/EEZ) is proving to be a problem for our Govt??? I tire o!!!

  2. jimmy says:

    @ 10% of $10.7 b that is $1.07 B This is the amount that should be spent on the navy alone . THE F.G. when presented with the facts has to get serious or else we will keep losing money .ALSO THE JTF is not a welding and pipe fixing company. THE PROBLEM WITH THE OIL COMPANIES, is they want to have their cake and eat it. pipe broken, call made to oil company what are they doing maybe the f.g. needs to prosecute a few of the oil companies who delay repairs as conniving with the enemy .
    As for the ex militants guiding the oil pipe lines EVERY GOOD THINGS COMES TO AN END sooner or later. However the oil pipelines are vast and numerous and you cannot guide every single one of them or put them all underground it is impossible, that is a problem that the f.g. and the oil companies have to solve hence most oil exploration is out at sea.

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