Oil theft: Navy destroys 509 illegal refineries, 406 wooden boats

Navy burns boat loaded with stolen diesel in Delta29 May 2014, Calabar—THE Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral  Jibrin Usman, yesterday, said his men had destroyed illegal refineries and boats in its fight against oil bunkering in the Niger Delta.

He said the Navy had in the past few months destroyed over 509 illegal oil refineries, 406 wooden boats and 10,086 auxiliary equipment used in pipeline vandalism and oil bunkering.
Usman, at the 2014 Navy Week Conference in Calabar, Cross River State, said that the destruction was carried out between January and April 2014, adding that, over 492 suspects were arrested and handed over to relevant agencies for prosecution.

He said: “The reduction in sea robbery and piracy on Nigeria waters is attributed to improved patrol by the Nigerian Navy and re-deployment of other assets to the identified flash and maritime choke points.”
According to him, between January and April 2014, about 602 oil tankers legally loaded with 61,584,599 metric tons of crude oil, left Nigeria’s maritime domain without any untoward incident.

“The Nigerian Navy under my leadership will continue to partner relevant agencies in the maritime sector, and in the areas of capacity building, and information and intelligence sharing. This will promote the well-being of the nation’s economic base.

“We shall continue to review our strategy and prioritise capacity building for maritime policing operations with a view to boosting efforts at curbing crude oil theft,” he said.

– Vanguard

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