The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government is determined to end crude oil theft through the deployment of technology and additional security measures.
The Minister, who made the remarks at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday after the aerial surveillance of the Trans-Forcados oil pipeline in Rivers State, said the measures taken so far have begun to bear results.
“The continued campaign by the Government Security Agencies (GSAs) has led to the arrest of 210 suspects and confiscation of 20.2 million litres of AGO, 461.8 thousand litres of PMS, 843.6 thousand litres of DPK, and 383.5 thousand barrels of crude oil.
“An additional 365 illegal refining sites were destroyed, with about 1,054 refining ovens, 1,210 metal storage tanks, 838 dugout pits, and 346 reservoirs destroyed by the GSAs.
“We witnessed first-hand a number of illegal refineries destroyed by our military in the course of our aerial surveillance,” he…