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Navy, OPC men exchange fire at Atlas Cove

…recovers fuel stolen from pipeline

Over thirty thousand litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) commonly called fuel, allegedly stolen from a broken pipeline in the Atlas Cove area of Lagos have been recovered by operatives of the Nigerian Navy.
The Pipeline it was discovered, was supposed to be protected by a local security outfit, using members of the local militia group, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), but the security company has decided to help itself, puncturing pipeline and siphoning petroleum products.
The petroleum products were imported fuel by the NNPC but have been hijacked by the local security outfit assigned to protect the products.
It was learnt the operatives of the Nigerian Navy acting on information, storm the area were the security out fit was protecting and recovered thousand of 25 Litres jerrican filled with pms and was being prepared for transportation to Benin Republic.
The local security outfit on sighting the naval operatives, open fire on them, a move which angered the Navy boys who returned fire.
The continuous shooting it was gathered jolted the villagers who ran for cover and for fear.
No lives were lost in the shooting which lasted for hours, but the naval operatives succeeded in over powering the fuel thieves.
Speaking on the incident, the Commander NNS BEECROFT, Rear Admiral Maurice Eno said the operatives from the naval base received intelligence report indicating that vandals and thieves were operatingaround Ilado, Ilashe, Corner loss, Sarkin Juju and Idimangoro area.
He said: “Accordingly, the base monitored the activities around the area for about three weeks to ascertain the veracity of the information.
“Consequently, On December 14, 2017 at the about 8.10 am, a detachment of personnel from the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft raided the locations and discovered a storage facility having over one thousand five hundred jerry cans.
“One thousand three hundred and thirty of the jerry cans contained product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) believed to have been siphoned from the NNPC pipelines laid on the island. At the time of the raid, no one person was found on the storage facility, accordingly the product was evacuated from the storage facility to NNS BEECROFT for safe custody.
Admiral Eno said that the team from the NNS BEECROFT also discovered at the siphoning point, valves connected by the vandals to enable them steal the product.
The Commander also said that the security of the pipelines were in the hands of two security organisation, including Top Line Security Limited and King Guard Security Company, alleging that these crime may not have been gone unnoticed by these private security outfits.
Admiral Eno said that the busting of the vandals was in line with the determination the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas to rid the country’s waterways and hinterland of all forms of criminality

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