The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, has blamed communities, religious groups and other vested interests involvement in oil theft in the country.
Kyari stated this at the weekly Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team led by Mr. Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja.
According to him, churches, mosques, security agencies as well as communities where pipelines pass through were involved in pipeline vandalism and theft of petroleum products.
He said so far, the NNPC, in conjunction with security agencies, had destroyed 959 metal tanks for storage purposes, 737 ovens, 452 dug-out pits, 355 cooking pots, and 179 wooden boats between April and August.
Adding that the security officials also recovered 207 pumping machines, 12 welding machines, two power generators, and two filling machines.
Furthermore, Kyari said 11 vessels, 30 speed boats, 37 trucks and cars were impounded, while
122 suspects were arrested in connection with various cases of theft of petroleum products.