Abuja - The Nigerian Navy has made some
strides in the Niger Delta with the arrest of some alleged oil bunkerers and
discovery of illegal havens of refining stolen crude oil.
Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta arrested
the suspected illegal oil dealers at Epomu creek with a Cotonou boat carrying
unspecified amount of product suspected to be crude oil.
This follows the arrest of another three persons for
suspected illegal oil bunkering. The suspects were caught with a speed boat
allegedly carrying the sum of over N2,6 million.
The suspects and cash have been handed over to officials
of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further action.
Additionally, a patrol team deployed by NNS Jubilee has
arrested three suspected oil thieves around Prime Energy in Akwa Ibom State.
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The suspects were allegedly conveying ten drums of
allegedly stolen Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) and five drums of suspected illegally
refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in three speed boats. Furthermore, NNS Pathfinder patrol team raided an illegal refinery site around Isaka community
in Rivers State.
During the raid, the team destroyed the illegal refinery
together with a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil and a ground
reservoir with unquantifiable quantity of suspected illegally refined AGO.
In a similar development, FOB ESCRAVOS under the maritime
component of OPS DELTA SAFE has discovered a suspected haven for illegal
refining of stolen crude oil at Saghara creek in Warri South West, Delta State.
The site had storage pits with large volumes of suspected
stolen crude oil as well as large volumes of illegally refined product
suspected to be oil.
Though no arrests were made, the patrol team in
conjunction with troops destroyed the site.
Navy spokesperson, Christian Ezekobe, confirmed
- CAJ News