The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) said 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 Newsmen 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.