Ondo ex-militants seize stolen crude worth N180mn from vandals

Niger Delta militants

Some ex-militants on Thursday claimed that they seized five badges loaded with crude oil on Ondo waterways from some vandals who burst the nation’s pipelines in Delta State to steal the product.

The ex-militants, led by Bebopiri Ajube, stated this while taking journalists round the seized items at Bolowo, a riverside community in the Ese Odo Local Government Area of the State.

Their spokesperson, who is also the Operations Manager of Ajube’s Gallery Security Services Limited, Ebi Molose, said about1.65m litres of crude was retrieved from the thieves.

He said each of the five badges can fill up at least 10 oil tankers with each tanker having a capacity of 33, 000 litres.

The total volume of oil seized is about 10,378 barrels; at Thursdays trading of $112 a barrel, the vandals would have made about N180 million from the sale.

Mr. Molose added that his men also seized seven speed boats and 14 engines, removed from other people’s speed boats, from the hoodlums.

He said, “Our Company is registered with the federal government for the security of the riverside areas and to arrest all forms of criminal activities in the area by assisting the government agencies like the Army, the Navy and the police.”

“Most of the government security agents cannot come into the creeks, so we are assisting them to fish out the criminals out of our territory. It is a great joy that since the establishment of our company, we have been checking the hoodlums.

“We seized the badges, speedboats and engines at the Ondo State border from the hoodlums who were bringing them from Delta and Edo states,” Mr. Molose added.

He said when the hoodlums saw his men from afar; they ran away, leaving the stolen items behind.

He said the oil thieves vandalise pipelines, scoop the crude and take it to wherever they want to sell it.

“Most of the engines were stolen from our neighbouring communities. They stole them in collaboration with some hoodlums in those communities,” he added.

Mr. Molose also stated that the criminals normally run away whenever his men discovered their hideouts but that their stolen items were impounded from them.

He said all the impounded items would be handed over to the government security agents after preliminary investigations would have been concluded by his security outfit.

“We will hand over the seized items to the security agencies. If the government can support us, we will do more. Financially we are not getting the necessary support from government,” he added.


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