by Rachel Ogbu

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Earlier this month, the Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) announced that thefts of crude oil threatens to outdo 2009 which was the worst year at the height of the insurgency by militants in the Niger Delta.

According to reports, there has been an increase in oil thieves sabotaging pipelines to steal more than a 10th of Nigeria’s daily production, so far this year, Shell and other oil companies have declared four forced majeures, a legal phrase that permits them to miss contracted deliveries due to circumstances beyond their control.

“The situation in the last few weeks is unprecedented,” Shell Nigeria’s Managing Director Mutiu Sunmonu had said.

Recently Shell reportedly released these footage of illegal oil refinery business in real-time and the pictures were from a site in oil rich Bayelsa State where President Goodluck Jonathan is from.

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48 years old, Ebiowei is pictured pulling a hose used to siphon crude oil in an illegal oil refinery site near river Nun in Bayelsa State.

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Illegal-6 A crude oil refinery worker stands in front of a locally made burner in an illegal oil refinery site near river Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa

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Here pictured is a young man at an illegal oil refinery site near river Nun in Bayelsa pouring oil under a locally made burner to keep the fire going.

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[Photos: H/T to Africa Eagle]