“All Illegal Bunkerers Must Pack up and Go” – Labrado Pipeline and Security,Unit 3, Coordinator Warns
….Says Oil Theft and Illegal Bunkering Harmful to National Economy
The Coordinator of Unit 3 of Labrado Pipeline and Security Outfit, Comrade Abel Biobele Ibikuru has declared that all illegal bunkerers must pack up and leave the Niger Delta region or face the wrath of the anti oil theft outfit.
The Unit 3 Coordinator made this known on the heels of a nighttime operation carried out by his anti oil theft patrol teams which dislodged some illigal bunkerers and oil thieves.
Reports reaching inducate that acting on credible and actionable intelligence, the Labrado Pipeline and Security Outfit, Unit 3, with headquraters in Bille Kingdom Degema Local Givernment Area, Rivers State, Nigeria with support from the personnel of 29th Battalion tactical headquarters, Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Securuty and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) rounded up oil thieves and illegal bunkerers in the New Calabar river axis around Elemama – Cawthon Chanel Area 1, during night operations on July 6th 2020. The team was led in the operation by Comrade Abel Biobele Ibikura the coordinator of Unit 3. The bunkerers who fled on sighting the team, however abandoned one big Tug Boat and and speed boat with outboard engine as well as other sundry equipments. All the seized items were promptly destroyed and set ablaze.
Unit 3 of Labrado Pipeline and Security which has intensified effort in her fight against crude oil theft and illegal bunkering is winning the war gradually on daily basis. Just days earlier, anti-crude oil theft patrol teams acting on credible intelligence discovered an illegal bunkering camp at Cawtton- Channel 1, in Bonny LGA. Four ovens, one Dug-Out Boat and other materials were all destroyed.
The Coordinator of Unit 3, Labrado Pipeline and Security Outfit, Comrade Abel Biobele Ibikuru lamented that over the years, Nigeria has witnessed series of illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft. He disclosed that some 200,000 barrels a day — representing about 10 percent of the country’s production — are siphoned off pipelines crisscrossing the region of Niger Delta.
Experts have revealed that the Federal Government loses about $25 billion yearly to oil theft, sea piracy and poaching. A breakdown shows that $800 million is lost to poaching, $9 billion to piracy and $15.5 billion to oil theft. The rate of pollution of the waters from Lagos to the oil-producing Southsouth is also high.