According to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the business of illegal oil bunkering is being perpetrated by Nigerians.
He said this during the inspection of an illegal oil bunkering site at Robert-Victor village, popularly called ‘Idi Mango’ in Lagos.
A group of eight suspects that include three Nigerians, three Ghanaians, one Togolese and one Beninoise have been arrested in connection with the incident.
The Minister, while making known his dissatisfaction over the matter said, “This is a massive operation as you can see. This is like moving 200 to 300 trucks through jerry cans back into the water to different countries like Ghana and Togo.”
“This is a good discovery. But how many more of this do we have? We don’t know. It is an eye-opener for us. But it is very frustrating.”
Kachikwu mentioned that the responsibility of safeguarding the nation’s oil pipelines isn’t the responsibilities of the NNPC or security agencies.
It is a duty that must be shared between the citizens and the government.