Military destroys multiple illegal refinaries in Delta, Rivers states

The Nigerian military has destroyed multiple illegal refineries in Delta and River States in a coordinated operation against economic saboteurs.
The Military, which declared war on perpetrators of crude oil theft in the Creeks of Niger Delta, also intercepted 423, 000 litres of illegally refined AGO, 2,201 barrels of crude oil, 25,000 litres of DPK and over 100HP out board engines, amongst several others.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche in a statement said the troops also discovered an illegal valve connection along the Trans-Forcados pipeline suspected to have been connected by pipeline vandals.
The valve and associated fittings he said were disconnected and recovered to the OMS Houseboat at Yeye.
According to the statement, “Nigerian Navy Ship Delta immobilises 3 illegal refining sites in Delta State on 7 Apr 20, following recent discovery that some illegal refineries that were dismantled on Bennett Island in Feb 20 had been reactivated, Nigerian Navy Ship Delta in conjunction with an Ocean Marine Service (OMS) surveillance crew deployed 2 swamp buggies to the Island for anti-illegal bunkering/Crude Oil Theft (COT) operations. The team commenced swamp buggy operations at the illegal refining sites and deactivated 24 ovens, 35 receivers, 25 surface metal storage tanks and covered one dug out pit.”
Gen Enenche added that, “On 8 Apr 20, the team located another illegal refining site at Bennett Island. During the operation, 14 ovens, 20 receivers and 21 surface metal storage tanks were dismantled. Similarly, on 10 Apr 20, the combined team of NNS Delta and OMS surveillance crew commenced the swamp buggy operation at Bennett Island in Warri South LGA of Delta State. The team located an illegal refining site and deactivated 4 ovens, 14 surface metal storage tanks and 5 coolers”.
The Defence Media Coordinator said that Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, while on patrol located an illegal refining site in Alakiri around Okirika general area of Rivers State.
The site he said had approximately 20,000 litres of illegally refined AGO, adding “The site and products were impounded while no arrest was made as the operators of the illegal refining site fled on sighting the patrol team”.
He said that in another Crude Oil Theft operation on 9 Apr 20, a patrol team revisited a previously deactivated IRS along Oviloye Creek, Warri South West LGA and observed that it had been reactivated.
Edisneche disclosed that during the operations, the team intercepted 2 fibre boats laden with about 4,000 litres of illegally refined DPK with 40HP and 60 HP outboard engines.

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