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Navy seals off vandalised pipeline, averts fire, oil theft in Ijegun, Lagos

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The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT patrol team has sealed off a vandalised pipeline in Ijegun area of Lagos.

This was done in collaboration with the Maritime Component of Operation AWATSE led by the Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga.

The deployment of technology and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) made the intervention successful.

According to the Base Information Officer, Commodore Oguntuga, this innovative approach was a game-changer, resulting in a remarkable increase in the team’s ability to detect and deter criminal activities along the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporate Limited (NNPCL) pipeline.

He said: “At approximately 11:45 a.m., on November 1, between ATLAS COVE and Ijegun in Lagos State, NNS BEECROFT patrol team swiftly responded to credible HUMINT, which led to the discovery of two punctured points along the NNPCL pipeline.

“These points were being utilised by saboteurs to connect hoses and pumping machines to siphon huge quantities of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), conveyed along the pipeline, posing significant threat to the nation’s products availability as well as economic well-being of Nigerians.

“This commendable action by the Naval team not only preserves national infrastructure and availability of petroleum products but also significantly averts outbreak of catastrophic fire with attendant consequences on life and property.

“Following discovery of these punctured points, the NNPCL has been alerted, and immediate repairs are underway to stall losses.

“Simultaneously, efforts are ongoing to detect and rectify other potential vulnerabilities along the pipeline, ensuring a comprehensive approach to deter future illicit activities.

“This discovery undoubtedly brings to the fore, that the Nigerian Navy, under the leadership of Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding Nigeria’s maritime domain and fostering economic prosperity for our beloved nation.”

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