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122 culprits in custody for oil theft – NNPC

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The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, Mele Kyari, on Tuesday, said 122 persons have been arrested for oil theft between April and August 2022.

He also revealed that government operatives have discovered at least 295 illegal connections tethered to a 200km stretch of pipeline.

This, he said, has impeded the production capacity of the company across several fronts.

Kyari disclosed this at the 49th Session of the State House Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Group CEO also noted that security operatives discovered 344 illegal oil reservoirs, 355 cooking pots, 759 metal tanks, 37 trucks, 450 boats and 179 holding boxes used by vandals to perform their nefarious activities in the oil-producing regions of the Niger Delta.

Kyari, however, argued that it is not the NNPC’s responsibility to announce the names of those arrested.

 

 

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