He added that they managed to catch up with them near the Koko River, where the boat was eventually set ablaze.
By Johnson Atoukudu, Warri
A wooden boat transporting illegal crude oil was intentionally set on fire close to the Koko River in the Warri North local government area of Delta state.
Mr. Agbonekuya Agbonekuya, an employee of Abicity Security, a company contracted by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/Seplat Ventures, informed journalists in Warri that they, in collaboration with the military stationed at Ubagboro along the Amukpe-Excravos pipeline, actively pursued the oil thieves after they had carried out their activities near kilometer 42 of the Amukpe-Excravos pipeline on Monday.
He added that they managed to catch up with them near the Koko River, where the boat was eventually set ablaze. The thieves abandoned the boat and escaped into the mangrove.
“In collaboration with the military, their Cotonou boat carrying the illegal crude was impounded and set ablaze. We of Abicity Security in collaboration with the military and other security agencies will not tolerate any illegal bunkering operations in our mandate area.
“We will do our best to help the President, Ahmed Bola Tinubu achieve his vision of increased oil output in the Country. The era of brazen oil theft is over in our area “, he said.