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Crude oil theft: NNPCL Discovers 162 Illegal Pipeline Connections in Niger Delta in One Week



Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited said in the last week it discovered 162 illegal pipeline connections and refineries in the Niger Delta, predominantly in Bayelsa.

This follows a report earlier that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited has intercepted a vessel conveying 800,000 litres with the aid of Tantita Security Services, a private security contractor run by Mr Government Ekpemupolo AKA Tompolo.

NNPCL said that 93 illegal pipeline connections and 69 illegal refineries between Aboa and Gbokoda were found between July 15 and July 21 and had been dismantled in a documentary the oil company uploaded on its social media account ‘X’ on Wednesday, according to Punch.

Curbing crude oil theft in the country According to the corporation, the discoveries were part of its campaign to stop national crude oil theft.

War on crude oil theft: 93 illegal pipeline connections discovered and 69 illegal refineries destroyed in the Niger Delta in the past week. The corporation claimed that crude oil theft had become widespread in the Niger Delta and noted that repairs were being made in the videos Punch had viewed.

According to NNPCL, the illegalities were discovered utilising its marine intelligence system. Additionally, five instances of oil spills were reported in the azure seas, and 30 wooden boats that were being used to transport stolen crude oil were seized in the previous week, some of them at Gbokodo. The corporation vowed to continue fighting against crude oil theft in the nation.

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Earlier, reported that the Nigeria sold crude oil in 2022 for N21.09 trillion, according to the NBS. The sales were a 46.41% rise over the N14.41 trillion in sales that were reported in 2021. Sales were included by NBS in its fourth quarter international trade report, which downloaded from the company’s website.

According to a research, Nigeria’s N26.79 trillion total exports in 2022 were made up 78.74% by crude oil exports.

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