FG has accused ExxonMobil of Oil Theft and economic sabotage.
NewsOnline reports that the Federal Government has accused American multinational oil and gas giant, ExxonMobil of oil theft in Rivers State.
This online newspaper0 understands that the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) also recommended the detention of Vessel Barumk Gas.
The federal agency revealed that the vessel was detected to have been involved in the unapproved lifting of Butane at Bonny River Terminal.
A letter written by the Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Farouk Ahmed to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, on June 8, 2023, leaked to the press on Sunday.
Ahmed alleged that ExxonMobil was collaborating with the vessel owners to engage in oil theft and economic sabotage.
The letter is titled “Economic sabotage, criminal damage and theft through illegal petroleum lifting operations at Bonny River Terminal”.
NMDPRA informed the military chief that the lock placed on the facility by its officials was broken by the oil company to enable the illegal act.
“The urgent attention of the Chief of Defence Staff is drawn to the illegal petroleum lifting operations taking place at Bonny River Terminal.
“The vessel Barumk Gas is lifting Butane at Bonny River Terminal without the authorisation or participation of the NMDPRA.
“This unlawful action is being facilitated with the active connivance of ExxonMobil who have illegally destroyed the locks on the sea-line valve whose keys are in the custody of the Authority,” the letter reads.
Ahmed noted that the actions of ExxonMobil and Barumk Gas constitute economic sabotage, criminal damage, and theft of Nigeria’s resources.
The letter charged the CDS to “urgently prevent the sailing out of Barumk Gas until investigations into the matter are concluded”.
Reacting, Mobil Communications Manager, Oge Udeagha said “all operations of the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture are carried out in full compliance with the law”.