FG announces arrest of 210 suspected oil thieves

The Federal Government has announced the arrest of 210 suspects in its efforts to combat crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the figure on Friday in Port-Harcourt after undertaking an aerial assessment of some hotspots along the Right of Way of the Trans-Niger Pipeline.

Accompanied by journalists in the surveillance, the minister also covered the Nembe Creek Trunk Line leading up to the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal that has been under force majeure since March 2022.

Briefing journalists after the 90 minutes-aerial survey, Mr Mohammed also disclosed that the continued efforts by the security agencies had led to the confiscation of 20.2 Million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), diesel.

The minister said over 461,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol), 843,000 litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene DPK, and 383,000 barrels of crude oil were confiscated.

He said an additional 365 illegal refining…

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