Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Navy destroys 12 illegal refineries in Delta communities

24 July 2015, 10:04

Warri - Commodore Aliyu Sule, Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Delta, on Thursday said it destroyed 12 illegal refineries in Egbokodo and Kantu communities of Delta.

The commander made this known to newsmen at the Warri Naval Base in Warri Delta.

Egbokodo and Kantu communities are in Warri South and Warri South/West Local Government Areas of Delta State respectively.

"Two of the illegal refineries were destroyed in Egbokodo while others were ruined in Kantu," Sule said.

Sule addede that the command would continue to checkmate perpetrators of illegal bunkering until the criminal act was completely eradicated.

"In Kantu forest, we destroyed 10 illegal refineries and I understand there are more, so, we are going back to the place to destroy them.

"I understand that place is full of illegal refineries, that what we have just done was a tip of the iceberg, so we will not stop as long as they don’t stop," he said.

Also read: Okowa appeals to Shell to return to Delta

The commander said intelligence gathering was very vital in winning the war against oil theft.

He urged the public to always supply his personnel with useful information to stop the illegal bunkering in the state.

Sule, who decried the ecological effect of the illicit trade on the environment, said that destruction of the ill-gotten products was part of their regulations.

"We will carry out our mandate such that our environment and the people are winners against oil thieves," Sule said.

One wooden boat laden with a product suspected to be crude oil was burnt in Egbokodo.

Two pumping machines, five tents and over 20 metallic and plastic drums filled with illegally refined diesel and petrol were also destroyed in Kantu.

Sule said the command on Wednesday showed the media four suspected marketers of illegally-refined crude oil apprehended at the old Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) in Warri.

"The suspects, who are middle-aged men, are still under our custody.

"They were alleged to have been in possession of 33 drums and 254 jerry cans filled with diesel and other products.

"We will hand them over to the relevant authority for prosecution as soon as investigation is concluded," he said.

He advised parents to monitor their wards and know the kind of friends they fraternised with to discourage them from indulging in oil theft. 


Tags npa navy delta oil

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...