Data from a satellite powered tracker run by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency – the Oilspillmonitor showed that of the reported 3,363.03 barrels of oil spilled from December 2020 through April, 3,140.10 barrels which is equivalent to 93.4 per cent of the total oil spills were from oil theft alone.

Through its National Oil Spill Contingency System, NOSDRA coordinates a response failure, operational maintenance, oil theft or pipeline sabotage and undefined others.

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NOSDRA Report has it that a total of 96.70 barrels were wasted due to corrosion; 89.09 barrels from equipment failure; 22.13 barrels from operational maintenance; 3,140.10 barrels from sabotage and 15 barrels from other causes.

It was also reported that 93 oil spill incidents happened in seven states, of which Delta State recorded the highest number at 46, with 1,444.76 barrels recorded as spilled.

River State came second with 28 incidents spilling 808.25 barrels. Imo, Edo and Akwa Ibom recoded four incidents each with 464.00, 37.00 and 0.09 barrels respectively while Bayelsa and Abia states recorded on incident each with 69.00 and 211.00 barrels recorded spilled.

Facilities of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) were connected with the spillage of 1,863.79 barrels of oil while the National Petroleum Developments Company’s facilities reportedly spilled 1,062.04 barrels of oil and Agip spilled 18.81 barrels.

After a Joint Investigation Visit report revealed the occurrence of oil spillage which could be traced to equipment failure due to a rupture at the wellhead, Agip shut its facility at the Idu oilfields in Bayelsa last week.

Eni, Agip’s parent company, reportedly shut down the facility to prevent further environmental damage.