Nigerian Navy attacks crude oil thieves, illegal refineries

oil-theftIn line with its resolve to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage, crude oil theft and other criminal activities, the operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) have continued the crackdown on criminals within the maritime domain.

The patrol team deployed by NNS Jubilee has arrested 13 suspects allegedly involved in illegal bunkering activities around Ibeno area of Akwa Ibom State. The suspects were arrested in 3 Cotonou boats. Two of the boats were carrying 55 and 48 drums of suspected illegally refined AGO respectively, while the third Cotonou boat was carrying about 188 empty drums. However the suspects and exhibits have been handed over to officials of NSCDC for necessary action.

Similarly, the patrol team deployed by FOB ESCRAVOS has arrested 3 persons suspected to be oil thieves. The team also destroyed six Cotonou boats carrying suspected stolen crude oil around Sandhill Creek in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State. More so, the team recovered 2 wooden boats laden with 300 Metric Tones (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 100 MT of illegally refined AGO. 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.

In further development, 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 in situ.

Monday Ashibogwu

Monday Michaels Ashibogwu is Editor-In-Chief of QUICK NEWS AFRICA, one of Nigeria's leading online news service.

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