Yenagoa - The Central Naval Command in
Yenagoa has raided six illegal refineries, operated by suspected oil thieves at
Bilabiri Community in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some two
million liters of illegally refined diesel and over one million substances
suspected to be crude were seized during the raid.
Speaking shortly after the seizure, the Flag Officer
Commanding (FOC), Rear Adm. Apochi Suleiman, said the illegal camps were
discovered on Wednesday through intelligence gathering.
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The FOC said the illegal operation covered an area of over
100 hectares dotted with stolen products in Bilabiri Community.
Suleiman said the command had deployed a combined team from
Delta and Bayelsa, to ensure daily patrol of camps.
He said the command impounded six wooden boats laden with
diesel, used by oil thieves to transport illegally refined products to the high
The commander said that troops also discovered and seized
electricity generating sets, pipes, hoses and other equipment used by thieves
to siphon crude.
The FOC was accompanied by the Deputy Command Operations,
Capt. Mustapha Hassan, and other officers and men.
He said that destroying the products would cause huge
environmental hazard in the area.
According to him, the command has adopted zero tolerance on
cued oil thrifts and pipeline vandalism, advising the oil thieves and vandals
to desist from criminality in their own interest.
"The command has declared zero tolerance for any form
of criminality in the region and anybody caught in the act will be seriously
dealt with," Suileman said.