Nigeria oil theft at highest level in years

Nigeria is facing its worst oil crisis in years, as the country is losing billions of dollars due to theft.

In Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa State, Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh follows an oil theft arrest and the destruction of multiple illegal refineries for stolen crude. 

“Despite these efforts, oil theft in Nigeria is at its highest levels in five years since the government gave amnesty to former rebels in the area,” she says. “The government says eight billion dollars in revenue were lost in ‘industrial-scale’ theft last year and multinational oil giants have started reducing their on-shore presence here, selling off fields as a result of the theft.”

She also speaks to illegal oil workers, who say they have no other potential form of income, and to activist Nengi James, who blames the government for not doing enough to secure the pipeline infrastructure and prosecute suspects. 

“Despite low-level arrests on the issue, there have been no serious large-scale prosecutions,” says Rawya. “Until those at the helm of this illegal trade are held to account, Nigeria’s riches will keep burning away.


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  • Rommel

    President Jonathan who will go down in history as the president that presided over the biggest scam in the history of Nigeria which is oil subsidy scam and largest oil theft,guess records must be held by someone,this is what he has chosen.

    • redeem

      only an insane individual will focus on the so-called oil theft at the expense of the evil acts brought unto the environment by oil exploitation activities-people can no longer go to their farms–drink water or fish from their polluted rivers-With acid rain chasing them like mad–people from the region die b4 the age of 45——while Nigeria milks her dry————-In-spite of the politically motivated stories on oil theft how many dangotes does the SS have–how many adenugas and atiku do they have in the entire SS——-the only bank owned by an indigene of the zone chief banigo- Allstate bank–was seized by obj—and ribadu–Which is more dangerous—-boko haram ati bunkering———give the region resource control-ati fiscal federalism–or just shut up–for heavens-sake———- Oil was discovered in the SS in 1957–what has the zone to show–for it——?——–Its now that roads are being erected along the east west-road-animals–and some have the guts to talk about oil theft–In the US where we copied our constitution from—— oil belongs to the owners of the land where oil is found —-not in Nigeria where my crude oil is owned by the emirs—-obis—- obas and sultans–while our Amayanabos groan in pain and poverty—-show me single individual who has made up to 500.000 dollars from oil theft in the entire SS region- bunkering is controlled by the retired fulani army generals——for atiku and the tinubus—-often the Navy sponsor this rubbish against the people of the niger delta– to enable them remain in the zone—–cause they make more money than one can imagine–Aware Jonathan has done more to fight bunkering than any Nigerian president———–obj was oil minister at the sane time president–all he did was to preside over the sharing of our oil blocks——–with late rilwanu lukman—- that is why the thieves do not want us to separate————our unity is based on the awooooooooooooof crude oil revenue from the SS–36 states in d federation contribute nothing-to the national coffers-except the killing machine of boko haram–separation is the answer———–animals

    • redeem

      @wahala what u have in yr head-is rabbit brain–its erasable so u hardly ever remember the things yr ibo mother told u b4 her death during the civil war——–all u have left in yr empty skull-is the lie u told them in sokoto—to enable u sneak out of 9ja with my oil revenue ——-
      -my plea to u is to go think of what has befallen yr tribes man Ihejirika——–instead of troubling yr dirty soul about this fake aljazeera new that AC planted in PT-4 u to read——-even——-yoruba native doctors have joined in the call for his head—————————-yesterday they beheaded akaluka—u kept quiet——over 50 killed in jos—————————cause u are like them——————-u do not know where u hail from———————-so must follow follow—the janjaweeeds—–in APC——pls just——told them to stop deleting my comments——–wasm it the theft of oil revneu that made it impossible for u provide my people with light–water–education–ati health facilities—————————————–brainless——-mumu——–abagana man

  • Wähala

    Depite the billions awarded in pipeline and oil protection business ex-militant terrorists were awarded, me-say: Cancel all pipeline contracts and return the duty to the Nigerian Navy and Coast Guard personnel. It’s another waste of resources in Aborigine enclaves while their environments are desecrated and polluted while thugs claim na water enter dia mouths… Dr. Dumbo is the most corrupt human being on earth. His first signature lifted $1bn in Malabu settlement; in-between, his Govt. has siphoned $20bn from our NNPC and now this! “Industrial-scale” theft to the tune of $8bn/yr since the past five years. Expect him to say oyel bunkering is not corruption, it’s ‘self-enrichment’…since the oyel found in their backyard. Drunkard!

    • Tonnero

      Don’t forget the N1.3 trillion subsidy scam……

      • redeem

        @wahala how much oil contract did tinubu obtain from Jonathan–1.5b——————-how many from my zone were able to corner such from Jonathan——————–only a thief–an awoooooof loving rogue—-will want Nigeria to remain one—————————or will sing of our yeye unity———————————-because of the oil wells——————————–the Scots are gone from britain———————-let my people go and slug it out with themselves—every LGA in the SS is free to fight for her freedom———-the fewer the merrier

    • redeem

      Yes sack them cause——-the oil belongs to your ancestors-thieves——-we are proud to be referred to as Aborigines—of the niger delta—region—-that is why we yearn to control our oil resources—–oil was discovered in the SS in 1957–can u in yr right senses tell me how much has accrued to the coffers of the FGN since then—abuja was not built with the resources from ground-nut pyramid–ati cotton—or cocoa———-36 states of the federation depend on the SS for survival-to feed and pay salaries—–the biafran war was fought and won with money from oil——–In the USA where u borrowed yr almajiri constitution from–the oil there is owned by the Aborigines–the land owners–and not foreigners as we have in 9ja——————–the oil producing zones cannot farm–fish or have drinking water–gas flares are -burning the back of the owners of the land—————–they have acid rain water–as their drinking water—and therefore die b4 the reach the age of 45-
      Yet all u are concerned with is how to generate more money from the sale of oil—monkey———–while all some animals in Nigeria can think of is oil theft–those who steal my oil are not the indigenes of the Niger delta–they are the atikus–adenugas—ati dangotes————-none of the indigene of the oil bearing communities can even boast of 100.000 dollars–since oil was discovered in the zone——————they do not even have oil blocks–their oil wells are owned by the tripod—–the obis obas and emirs– ati sultans–give them resource control u say naaaa————–cause u have become used to the awooooooooof oil revenue from the SS———–u sabotage every effort by them to create stable economic base-that was why u attempted to kill banigo–owner of allstates bank–it was destroyed by obj and ribadu—indigenes of the oil producing zones are never allowed to rise above their peers–hence the war by boko haram and efforts to reduce jonathan to nothing—–who is looking forward to another yeye elections–what we need in the SS is separation–we cannot continue to use our resource to feed 170m ungrateful parasites in 9ja–the oil pipeline contract is with OPC Gani Adams—————————-we need oil blocks not oil pipe–line contracts–animals

      • redeem

        ——–none of the indigene of the oil bearing communities can even boast of 100.000 dollars–since oil was discovered in the zone———in 1957———they do not even have oil blocks—–not to talk of gas stations where they can buy fule for their boats———they travel milis on water for days–b4 they can buy a gallon of petrol———–yet the Navy will not let them be–no gas station——from furopa to sagana———their oil wells are owned by the tripod—–the obis obas and emirs– ati sultans–give them resource control u say naaaa————–cause u have become used to the awooooooooof oil revenue from the SS———–u sabotage every effort by them to create stable economic base-that was why u attempted to kill banigo–owner of allstates bank–it was destroyed by obj and ribadu—indigenes of the oil producing zones are never allowed to rise above their peers–hence the war by boko haram and efforts to reduce jonathan to nothing—–who is looking forward to another yeye elections–what we need in the SS is separation–we cannot continue to use our resource to feed 170m ungrateful parasites in 9ja–the oil pipeline contract is with OPC Gani Adams—————————-we need oil blocks not oil pipe–line contracts–animals