Economic Sabotage: Nigerian Navy discovers illegal refining sites Delta

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The Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA has discovered a newly constructed illegal refining site around Bennett Island in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche said the site had 5 ovens, 5 coolers and 8 surface metal storage tanks cumulatively laden with about 943.3 barrels of product suspected to be crude oil.

He said no arrest was made as the perpetrators fled on sighting the patrol team.

Enenche also disclosed that the team located another illegal refining site around Uwakeno Community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

He said the site had 4 ovens, 4 coolers, 6 surface metal storage tanks and 2 dug out pits cumulatively laden with about 10,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO and 440.2 barrels of stolen crude oil.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said the storage facilities were confiscated and the site has been earmarked for swamp buggy operation.

In a similar development, Enenche said acting on INTREP, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA patrol team intercepted a large wooden boat laden with about 70,000 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO in 6 metal storage tanks along Benin River in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

He said efforts are ongoing to convey the boat and content to the Base.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations also revealed that Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER patrol team conducted anti-Crude Oil Theft (COT)/anti-illegal bunkering operations in its Area of Responsibility.

He said the Base patrol team located an illegal refining site around Isaka and Alakiri general area.

Enenche said the site had reservoirs laden with an about 1,257 barrels of crude oil. The site was dismantled. No arrest was made as the perpetrators fled on sighting the patrol team.

He also disclosed that Operation CALM WATERS and Operation SWIFT RESPONSE have continued to record remarkable successes.

Enenche added that the successes recorded within the week include seizure of foreign parboiled rice as well as arrest of boats involved in smuggling activities amongst others.

He said operatives of the Joint Border Drill intercepted an abandoned truck at Agbaragba Market, Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State loaded with 410 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice.

Enenche said the rice was suspected to have been smuggled in from Republic of Cameroon, adding that the bags of rice and vehicle were evacuated to Mfum Border Post for onward movement to Government Warehouse, Calabar.

He also noted that the combined teams of OSR and Nigeria Customs Service Strike Force acting on credible intelligence raided a makeshift warehouse at Ishiet, Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State confiscated 305 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice. The bags of rice were evacuated to Nigeria Customs Warehouse, Uyo for further action.

Enenche said the Chief of the Naval Staff congratulates the troops for their professionalism and efforts in curbing economic sabotage within the maritime environment.

He said the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the troops and urges them to remain steadfast and focused as they sustain the fight against economic sabotage.

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