In a resolute demonstration of their commitment to protecting national interests and critical infrastructure, the Nigerian Navy’s NNS BEECROFT patrol team, in conjunction with the Maritime Component of Operation AWATSE, led by Commander NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, has once again shown unwavering dedication in the battle against pipeline vandalism, utilizing technology and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) for operational efficiency.
This innovative approach has yielded significant results, substantially enhancing the team’s capacity to identify and prevent criminal activities along the NNPCL pipeline.
On November 1, 2023, at approximately 11:45 am, between ATLAS COVE and Ijegun in Lagos State, the NNS BEECROFT patrol team promptly responded to credible HUMINT, leading to the discovery of two compromised points along the NNPCL pipeline. These points were being exploited by saboteurs to connect hoses and pumping equipment, with the intent to siphon large quantities of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) transported through the pipeline. This nefarious activity posed a significant threat to the availability of petroleum products and the economic well-being of the Nigerian populace.
The swift and commendable action by the Naval team not only protected national infrastructure and petroleum product availability but also averted the potential outbreak of a catastrophic fire, with its devastating consequences for lives and property.
In response to the discovery of these punctured points, the NNPCL has been alerted, and immediate repairs are underway to mitigate losses.
Simultaneously, efforts are ongoing to identify and address other potential vulnerabilities along the pipeline, ensuring a comprehensive strategy to deter future illicit activities.
This discovery highlights the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian Navy, led by Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff, in safeguarding Nigeria’s maritime domain and promoting economic prosperity for the nation.
The Nigerian Navy takes pride in its leadership role in combating pipeline vandalism, contributing to a safer and more prosperous Nigeria.