Oil Bunkering: Army Bursts 13 Illegal Refineries, Arrests 24 Suspects

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Oil Bunkering: Army Bursts 13 Illegal Refineries, Arrests 24 Suspects

No fewer than 13 illegal refineries have been destroyed and 24 suspects arrested by troops of Operation ‘Delta Safe‘ in the creeks of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche made this known on Thursday during the weekly briefing on military operations at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

He disclosed that the military recovered 1,339,000 litres of illegally refined AGO, 500,000 litres of DPK and 9,856.1 barrels of stolen crude in what could be termed the biggest onslaught against operators of illegal refineries and oil bunkering in the Niger Delta creeks

According to him, “between 14 to 20 January 2021, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE conducted anti-Crude Oil Theft and illegal oil bunkering operations as well as other anti-illegal maritime activities.

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“In the course of their operational activities, 6 illegal refining sites, 11 wooden boats, 52 Gee Pee tanks, 102 metal tanks, 17 dugout pits and 45 ovens were immobilized. Also, 24 suspects arrested while 14 pumping machines, 2-speed boats and 13 outboard engines were recovered. Additionally, a total of 9,856.1 barrels of stolen crude oil and 1,339,000 litres of illegally refined AGO as well as 500,000 litres of DPK were recovered.”

He continued that, “equally, on 14 January 2021, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA anti-crude oil team in conjunction with Forward Operating Base ESCRAVOS conducted anti-illegal bunkering operations. During the operations, the team de-activated illegally refining site at Egwa Creek, Warri South-West LGA. The illegally refining site had seven refining units (ovens), 16 metal storage tanks, 84,000 litres and 105,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO and stolen crude oil respectively.”

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