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Navy raids oil bunkerers, arrests 7 suspected oil thieves

By News Express on 10/09/2016

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In line with the Chief of the Naval Staff’s drive to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage in the maritime domain, a naval patrol team deployed by the Forward Operations Base (FOB) ESCRAVOS in Delta State,  has raided Sara Creek near ESCRAVOS, the Nigerian Navy has said.

According to a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore COR Ezekobe, “During the operation, which was conducted on 7 September, 2016, the team arrested six persons in connection with operating an illegal refinery. Three Cotonou boats laden with unquantified suspected stolen crude oil were destroyed in the process.”
He disclosed that the patrol team also recovered one speed boat and a Cotonou boat carrying 15 GP tanks laden with suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) of 10, 000 liters each; and two other GP tanks of 5, 000 liters each, laden with suspected illegally refined AGO.  Other items recovered from the suspects were three outboard engines and four pumping machines.
“Similarly the patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA has arrested a Cotonou boat laden with 100 metric tons (MT) of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO. The boat was arrested on 7 September, 2016 at Ogboro Creek in Warri South LGA of Delta State.
“In a related development, a patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA on 3 September, 2016 combed Benneth Island situated in Warri South LGA of Delta State. On arrival, the suspects fled as the team recovered 40 MT of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), one pumping machine and some hoses with which the criminals operated.
“Yet again, on 2 September, 2016, a patrol team deployed by FOB ESCRAVOS located and destroyed an illegal refinery as well as a very large Cotonou boat laden with product suspected to be stolen crude oil. In the course of the operation, one Mr. Endurance Okogba Edirin was arrested for involvement in the operations of the illegal refinery and suspected crude oil theft in Ekpemu cooking camp at Ekpemu Creek in Warri South West LGA of Delta State. Some items recovered were two mobile phones, one pumping machine and hoses. In all the cases, investigations have commenced and the suspects would be promptly handed over to the prosecuting agencies for further action,” the statement read.
The Nigerian Navy appealed to the general public especially those with legitimate businesses in the maritime sector to avoid criminal acts, stressing that the service is willing, able and ready to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting the economic assets of the country.
•Photo shows a Nigerian Navy boat on patrol.

Source News Express

Posted 10/09/2016 8:30:47 PM


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