Navy uncovers illegal AGO depot in Eket

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The Nigerian Navy in Ikot Abasi has uncovered illegal Automated Gas Oil (AGO) depot at Liverpool Street in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

The leader of team, Lt. Commander Umaru Sidi stated this while handing over certain recovered items to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command on Wednesday in Eket, highlighting that the Navy while on patrol got a tip off, and deployed their men to the scene on Tuesday.

Sidi said he handed over the four underground tanks and a tanker truck with registration number KAM 413 XA, hoses and valves among others on the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff.

Receiving the items, Adeyinka Ayinla, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, described the illegal depot as acts of sabotage.

“My officers in charge of Anti-vandalism called me that they got an information from Nigerian Navy about an illegal depot in the area,” he said.

Ayinla, who described the perpetrators as saboteurs, said they “normally come through the creeks into Qua River to carry out their nefarious crime in the state.”

He explained that the Qua River was also used as an oil depot where they lift illegal AGO to various parts of Akwa Ibom and beyond.

Ayinla called on the residents of Akwa Ibom to give useful information to NSCDC in order to nib crime in the bud in the state.

In the meantime, Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS) Ltd has restated its commitment toward effective securing and retrofitting of Oil Mining Lease 40 (OML 40) facility from Opuama to Otumara.

OMS is a leading asset company saddled with the responsibility of protecting the country’s resources from graft and illegal activities.

The company’s media consultant, Mr Omoruyi Akpata, said on Wednesday in Lagos that the company could proudly say it had delivered on this new challenge on the securing of OML 40.

Akpata said the company would continue to do its best to engage communities in dialogue and provide continuous enlightenment to the communities.

He said this would curb those perpetuating such act in the communities to stop the nefarious acts of vandalisation, infractions crude oil theft and illegal refineries.

According to him, this is not beneficial to the health and environment of the communities.

Akpata said that in the last nine years, when it comes to challenges, OMS could be counted on to conduct maritime security operations.

He said that among the mandates of OMS were then, to repair all identified valve insertion points, provide 24 hours security and surveillance watch, provide timely emergency response to address incidences of vandalism.

It was also to excavate segments that required sectional replacements and radiograph.

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“Recent data gathered shows that Nigeria losses about 20 billion dollars annually to crude oil theft which is an estimated 55,210 barrels of oil per day or 1,656,281 barrels of oil stolen by oil thieves in 2011 alone.

According to him, it is to stem this hemorrhage and horrendous activities that OMS is called upon.

Akpata, however, said that a special documentary would start running on national televisions from Sept. 11, tagged “ Safeguarding the Lifeblood of a Nation’’.

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