An expanse of land hidden at Roberts Island, a village off Lagos waters near Atlas Cove, where oil bunkers perforate oil pipelines and steal oil products, was yesterday discovered and exposed by a team led by the Petroleum Minister, Ibe Kachiukwu.
A search around the place showed equipment used by the oil bunkers to perforate oil pipelines and then store the products in the kegs pictured above.
The kegs and the tools used for vandalization were all found buried in the ground. It appeared all dwellers in the community had a role in the vandalism as not one of them reported the matter to the police.
Dr Kachikwu could not hide his disappointment as he spoke to newsmen after the discovery.
“I must say that I was very disillusion to find this discovery but much as I was happy that it was found, it just took a lot of wind off my sail in the sense of what next and who knows how many more have not been discovered. At the end of the day, the responsibility for protecting the assets of Nigerians must lie in the hands of Nigerians. There is no magic that I have that I am going to be able to deliver zero incident environment, given the number of attacks we are getting everywhere but at the end of the day, communities like these ones must begin to rise up and say this is just not right.”he said