Abuja - Nigeria's National Task Force on Illegal Smuggling of Goods, Light Arms and Ammunition have intercepted a truck loaded with 33 kilolitres of crude oil in the Rivers State.
The value if the oil is estimated at about 3 million Naira (about US$180 000).
Confirming the report, Chijioke Okoro, Head of Operation of the taskforce, said staff on surveillance spotted the truck where it was loading oil.
It was intercepted at a refinery area in Eleme.
Okoro warned that his organisation would continue clamping down on such illegal activities and advised the youths to desist from them.
Concern has been raised over the prevalence of oil theft mostly in the Niger Delta.
It is estimated Nigeria, Africa's leading oil producer, loses $1.6 billion annually to oil theft.
- CAJ News