Navy destroys three illegal oil refining sites in Rivers, Bayelsa

Troops of the Nigerian Navy under the Operation Delta Sanity have set ablaze three illegal oil refining sites in Rivers and Bayelsa States.

The Navy said its ship, Soroh, discovered and deactivated one of the refining sites with two reservoirs, three drums, empty sacks, and two ovens with crude oil of about 4,000 litres at Eduwuini 11 in Bayelsa State on February 11.

It added on its social media handles that a small boat with product suspected to be illegally refined kerosene was also discovered.

 “Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH discovered and deactivated one active illegal refining site with two reservoirs, three drums, empty sacks, two ovens with crude oil of about 4,000 litres as well as a small boat with illegally refined product suspected to be illegally refined kerosene at Eduwuini 11, Bayelsa State on  11 February 2024,” it was stated.

In the same vein, another Nigerian Navy ship, Pathfinder, discovered and set afire two illegal refining sites with cooking pots and ovens in Lelema, Rivers State on Saturday.

 “Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder discovered and deactivated two illegal refining sites with cooking pots and ovens at Bokokiri-Lelema of KE Community, Rivers State on Saturday, 10 February 2024,” the navy disclosed.

In Ondo State, jerry cans containing illegally refined petroleum products were uncovered by the navy’s Forward Operating Base, Igbokoda at Mahin riverine area of Ilaje.

The operating base reportedly “neutralised more than 330 litres of product in jerry cans” on Saturday.

The PUNCH reported earlier that Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft arrested a motor tanker, SAISNIL II, allegedly involved in crude oil theft in Lagos State.

The Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral MB Hassan, was quoted to have said in a statement that the St. Vincent & Grenadines flag vessel had 11 crew onboard at the time of its arrest.

It stated that the vessel initially sailed from Lagos anchorage to the Taraba Jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to evacuate about 720,000 litres of crude oil sludge on November 23, 2023.

Hassan added that the manipulation of the vessel’s Automatic Identification System around ABO Field for over 48 hours raised concerns about illegalities

He also stated that the infraction necessitated the deployment of NNS Sokoto, which sailed 199 nautical miles to intercept and return the vessel to the Lagos anchorage.

Credit Gist New Today News in Newspaper Nigeria Headlines

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