Navy Destroys Illegal Refineries In Rivers


By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) deployed by FOB BONNY on 1 Nov 16 have raided Ogbunku and Bolo Creeks in Rivers State.

During the operatives, the team destroyed two illegal refineries, one Cotonou boat and six storage tanks containing suspected illegally refined AGO.

Other items destroyed include four storage tanks of suspected stolen crude oil and three speedboats carrying eight drums each of suspected illegally refined AGO.

Additionally, the patrol team recovered three outboard engines of 40 Horse Power capacity and three pumping machines.

Similarly, the team deployed by NNS PATHFINDER have arrested MT SEA EUNICE for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkery activities.

Preliminary investigation revealed that, while the vessel was nominated to load 400 Metric Tones (MT) of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), it was discovered that she had about 1,000 MT of AGO onboard even as the final process for loading approval was not completed.

The vessel would be handed over to relevant prosecuting agency for further action.

Furthermore, on 3 November 16, FOB ESCRAVOS patrol team raided an illegal refinery site at Sara Creek and Ekpemu Community in Warri South West LGA, Delta State.

During the raid, the patrol team destroyed 50 cooking points, 9 Cotonou boat containing large quantities of suspected stolen crude oil and about 1000 jerry cans of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) In another development, NNS PATHFINDER patrol team raided an illegal refinery site around Ogu-bolo and Degema LGAs of Rivers State and destroyed 5 illegal refineries as well as one Cotonou boat carrying 50 drums of illegally refined AGO.

Consequently, the NN is once again sending a strong warning signal to vessels and elements operating in the maritime domain to avoid the temptation of engaging in criminal activities as the service would not tolerate any form of economic sabotage and security breaches in the area.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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