• Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Nigeria Police Force Cracks Down On Oil Theft, 40 Suspects Arrested, 2 Vessels Recovered

In a significant move to combat illegal oil theft and economic sabotage, the Nigeria Police Force, in collaboration with the military and private security contractors, apprehended forty (40) individuals and recovered two (2) vessels in separate operations at the Ogbogoro Oil Field, Brass Area, and Ekeni Area of Southern-Ijaw in Bayelsa State.

The suspects face charges including conspiracy, tampering with oil pipelines, illegal transportation of crude oil, and storing crude oil without lawful authority or appropriate licenses. Following a prima facie case against them, the suspects will be arraigned in court to answer for their alleged involvement in economic sabotage and oil theft.

The vessels used in the illegal activities have been seized and will serve as crucial evidence in the prosecution. The arraignment for suspects linked to one of the vessels is scheduled for 26th February 2024, while the motion for interim forfeiture of the vessel and its contents is set to be heard on 19th February 2024.

Preliminary investigations have also implicated various individuals and companies, including foreign collaborators. The Inspector-General of Police emphasized the commitment to improved synergy with relevant stakeholders to bring an end to illegal oil theft and economic sabotage. The public is urged to be vigilant and report suspicious activities related to these crimes.

The Police Act 2020 empowers the Nigeria Police Force to enforce all laws without prejudice to other security agencies, and the Inspector-General of Police assured that the force will intensify its strategies and operations to curb oil theft, bringing individuals or groups involved in such activities to justice.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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