Navy destroys multiple illegal refineries, arrests suspects

Posted by News Express | 22 March 2017 | 2,071 times

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•Nigerian Navy vessel on patrol.

A Naval patrol team deployed by NNS Delta has destroyed a total of 10 illegal refineries at a camp around Jones Creek in Warri South West LGA of Delta State, arresting no fewer than eight suspects in the process.

 

The facilities destroyed during a raid, according to Navy Director of Information, Captain Suleman Dahun, include 200 metal tanks, 35 dug pits loaded with about 3,000 metric tons (MT) of product suspected to be stolen crude oil and 1,500MT of illegally refined AGO. 

“Similarly, a patrol team deployed by the Base arrested a suspect and destroyed a network of six   illegal refineries around Ugbodede and Asugbo Creeks in Warri South LGA. The facilities destroyed in the sites during the raid include 25 metal tanks and 14 dug pits laden with about 2,590MT of product suspected to be stolen crude oil and 415MT of illegally refined AGO. In the course of the operation one suspect was arrested.

“Additionally, another patrol team deployed for anti-illegal bunkering/crude oil theft operations by the same Naval Base arrested two suspects and destroyed a network of illegal refineries around Ugbodede Creek in Warri South LGA. The facilities destroyed in the raid include a canvas storage pit laden with about 1,500MT of product suspected to be stolen crude oil. The team also discovered and disconnected a 6 inch metal pipe attached to an oil well used for siphoning crude oil.”

Captain Dahun also disclosed that a NNS DELTA patrol team discovered and destroyed about 20 illegal refineries dump yard stores around Ugbuwangue Community in Warri South LGA. The facilities destroyed in the raid include 1,300 drums laden with about 150MT of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO. In the course of the operation, one suspect was arrested.

“In a similar operations carried out by the patrol team deployed by NNS PATHFINDER around marine Base axis,” the Navy said, “a wooden boat laden with some quantity of suspected illegally refined AGO was arrested. Four suspects were also arrested in connection with the products. Also, a patrol team from the Base deployed at Taraba Jetty intercepted another wooden boat laden with an estimated 50,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO with four suspects. The vessel and suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further action.

“In view of the foregoing, eight suspects were arrested at different locations as highlighted earlier. The NN is assuring all legitimate maritime operators that the Service is determined to execute its mandate in order to enhance security in the nation’s maritime environment.”


Source: News Express

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