The newly inaugurated Independent Petroleum marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Monitoring Team on pipeline vandalism, product adulteration and unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector has intercepted two truck loads of suspected crude oil illegally liftered in Lokoja.
The Kogi State command of the taskforce intercepted the two truck loads, with each carrying 46,000 and 45,000 litres of crude oil respectively, suspected to have been loaded in portharcourt and was heading to Kano State.
Speaking with Newsmen at Banda, near Lokoja, Garba Ali, Head of Operations of IPMAN taskforce product adulteration and unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector in the State made the disclosure before handing over the trucks and the suspected drivers to the Nigerian Navy, NNS Lugard Command in Banda.
The two trucks, Mark made, with registration number BLF 653 XA, with green head and red tank, and Awka 425 XB, with bluehead and white tank, had Moses Olise and Martin Okpala as drivers, have been handed over to men of the NNS Lugard.
The Head Operations, said the fight against unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector is one that must be fought with seriousness, insisting that the negative effect on the economy cannot be quantified.
Recall that the National President of IPMAN, Elder Chinedu Okorokwo was in Kogi State few weeks ago to kick off the State command of the surveillance and monitoring team.
The President during the inauguration was represented by his NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, Alh Haliru Ibrahim.
The IPMAN taskforce during the inauguration had visited the commands of the NAVY and the Army to seek for collaboration with their team in the State.
The State coordinator of the IPMAN taskforce is Usman Abu, had promised to do all they can to put an end to product adulteration and pipeline vandalism in Kogi State.