The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT has uncovered and stopped the illegal siphoning of premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol from one of the vandalized products pipelines at Atlas Cove, Lagos belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
The Commander of NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga announced this in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Sub.-Lt. Happiness Collins on Thursday.
Oguntuga said the team, in collaboration with troops of “Operation AWATSE’’, intercepted the activities of the fuel thieves on Wednesday after they connected hoses and suction pumps to vandalized parts of the pipeline to siphon petrol.
“After halting their activities, the NNPCL was alerted and repairs on the vandalized parts of the pipeline have gone underway.
“Efforts are ongoing to detect and rectify other potential vulnerable parts of the system along the pipeline network to ensure a comprehensive approach to deter future illegal activities,’’ he said.
Oguntuga noted that activities of economic saboteurs posed significant threat to petroleum products supply and distribution and to the nation’s economic well-being. (NAN)