By Philip Nwosu
Over 30,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit allegedly stolen from a broken pipeline in the Atlas Cove area of Lagos have been recovered by operatives of the Nigerian Navy.
The pipeline, it was gathered, was supposed to be protected by a security outfit, using members of local vigilante group, but the security company allegedly decided to help itself by puncturing it and siphoning petroleum products.
The petroleum products were imported by the NNPC.
Sunday Sun learnt that operatives of the Nigerian Navy acting on information, stormed the area and recovered thousands of 25 litres jerrycan filled with petrol and being prepared for transportation to Benin Republic. It was further learnt that the local security outfit on sighting the naval operatives opened fire on them, a move, which angered the Naval men who returned fire. The continuous shooting jolted the villagers who ran for cover.
No life was lost in the shooting, which lasted for hours, but the naval operatives succeeded in over powering the fuel thieves.