11 October 2015, Yenagoa – The Central Naval Command in Yenagoa on Sunday destroyed 50 illegal oil refining camps and 150 drums of locally-refined diesel at Asiagbene in Delta State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CNC conducted the operation in collaboration with Nigeria Navy Ship in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State
Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Real Admiral Apochi Suleiman, accompanied by Commodore Sule Aliyu, NNS chief in Delta State, said the largest illegal refinery in the region was discovered during the raid.
He added that the camps, numbering about 50, as well as a boat used to convey the stolen crude for refining, were destroyed during the raid on the oil thieves.
The FOC said no arrest was made as the oil thieves fled on sighting the ship.
He explained that the oil thieves capitalised on the difficult terrain, adding that the journey to the creek took about three hours.
“There is no room for criminals on the waterways any more; we are flushing them out,” he said.