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Navy arrests 13 in Akwa for illegal oil bunkering

18 October 2016, 21:27

Abuja - The Nigerian Navy (NN) has arrested 13 suspects involved in illegal bunkering around Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State.

NN spokesperson, Christian Ezekobe, said this was part of the Navy’s resolve to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage, crude oil theft and other criminal activities.

The suspects were arrested in three Cotonou boats.

Two of the boats were carrying 55 and 48 drums of suspected illegally refined oil respectively, while the third Cotonou boat was carrying about 188 empty drums. However the suspects and exhibits have been handed over to law enforcement agencies for necessary action.

Similarly, the patrol team deployed by FOB ESCRAVOS has arrested three people suspected to be oil thieves.

The team also destroyed some boats carrying suspected stolen crude oil around Sandhill Creek in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Also read: Military accused of stealing N70m, oil bunkering in Delta

More so, the team recovered two wooden boats laden with 300 metric tonnes (MT) of stolen crude oil and a pumping machine during the raid.

Meanwhile, a patrol team deployed by NNS PATHFINDER has raided Adokiakiri Creek around Okirika axis and Dutch Island at Onne in Rivers State. During the operation, the team arrested eight suspects and destroyed four speedboats laden with 100MT of illegally refined oil.

Two barges containing 500MT of suspected stolen crude oil were also destroyed by the team. In another raid, the Patrol Team also arrested three  suspects onboard MV OMETE VI and a large wooden barge laden with about 120MT of illegally refined AGO around FOT Onne in Rivers State.

Meanwhile, an NNS DELTA patrol team raided an illegal refinery site at Saba Creek in Warri South LGA of Delta State.

During the operation, a suspect was arrested while the illegal refinery site and a Cotonou boat laden with about 82MT of suspected stolen crude oil were destroyed.


- CAJ News


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