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Navy nabs Delta bunkerers, illegal refineries destroyed

27 September 2016, 09:23Emeka Okonkwo

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.

Also read: Militants threaten to attack, 7 oil thieves apprehended

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 the breakthroughs. 

- CAJ News


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