Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


JTF, SPDC discover 22 oil leakage points

25 March 2013, 07:30

Yenagoa - The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) said on Sunday that it has discovered 22 leakage points on the Nembe Creek crude oil Trunk Line (NCTL) belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

The Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt.Col.Onyenma Nwachukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the management of the SPDC had been notified of damages on its pipelines.

He said no remedial action has been taken, saying that the neglect of the leakages reportedly caused oil spillage and sparked off illegal oil bunkering activities in the area.

He said the tour became necessary following recent allegations of increased oil theft and inadequate security of oil installations by SPDC.

Nwachukwu said the joint inspection, code named Operation Pulo Shield, involved 11 representatives of the various departments in SPDC, four senior military officers, 24 operatives from JTF and some SPDC surveillance contractors.

He said the ground trotting exercise covered the NCTL passing through Cawthorne Channels 1 and 2, Global Gas Creek, Adamakiri, Money Ground, Creek 6 and Kalaibiama.

"About 22 breached points which have earlier been identified and reported to SPDC for repairs were still found unattended to. Some new illegal hose connections were discovered.

"Two wooden barges containing some crude oil were discovered hidden in a creek near Global Gas Plant during the exercise. The barges were set ablaze.

"The JTF team was led by the Sub-Sect 2 Commander, Lt Col Muktar Adamu, while the SPDC team was led by Mr Johnson Erewa," he said.

Nwachukwu restated the joint team's resolve to collaborate to tackle the oil theft.

He urged the SPDC to expedite action on the repair of all the identified punctured points along the NCTL while the JTF maintains its robust patrols.


Tags jtf spdc oil

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...