FG Discovers Illegal Crude Pipeline Connections in Abia, Says ‘$7.2m Lost to Theft Monthly’

 FG Discovers Illegal Crude Pipeline Connections in Abia, Says ‘$7.2m Lost to Theft Monthly’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, on Sunday, said the country loses an average of $7.2 million monthly from illegal oil connections.

The state-owned oil firm made this known following the discovery of an illegal connection in Owaza community, Abia state.

According to the NNPC on its Twitter (X) account, the illegal connection was discovered on Saturday, by the oil theft situation assessment delegation deployed in the Niger Delta by President Bola Tinubu.

Also, the team visited the Trans-Niger Pipeline Right of Way in Owaza, Abia, where an array of dismantled illegal connections were observed.

Speaking at the site, Mele Kyari, Group CEO of the NNPC, said clandestine refineries, illegal bunkering operations, and environmental devastation the team saw collectively translated into severe economic losses for the nation.

The Group CEO said while oil theft in vessels could be tracked, oil-bearing communities must play a vital role in curbing the criminal acts within their communities.

“Oil theft is one of the reasons why Nigeria cannot meet her OPEC daily production quota.”

Muhammed Badaru, the minister of defence said that the government is ready to do whatever it takes for a peaceful Niger-Delta. Cease and desist from crude oil theft and economic sabotage.

Meanwhile, Nuhu Ribadu, the national security adviser, applauded the security agencies, community security contractors, and the NNPC, for stepping up the fight against oil theft and economic sabotage.

“The environment and livelihoods are being destroyed while the federation is deprived of revenue capable of shoring up the economy and strengthening the naira,” he said.

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