Nigerian Navy arrests suspected pipeline vandals, destroys illegal refineries

Illegal crude oil refining16 April 2016, Port Harcourt – The Nigerian Navy has arrested six persons suspected to be engaged in pipeline vandalism and illegal oil refining in Rivers State.

In a statement issued Thursday, the navy said the suspects were picked up from a large warehouse at Ogbogoro Uzoba waterside, around Choba in Port Harcourt.

“The warehouse is suspected to serve as a storage facility for illegally refined products,” the naval headquarters said in the statement by Christian Ezekobe, a Commodore and Director of Information.

“Also discovered in the facility include three wooden boats containing about 20,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO, 350 drums, several GP and metal tanks ranging from 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 litres storage capacity as well as seven pumping machines.”

The arrest came as President Muhammadu Buhari threatened to descend heavily on pipeline vandals in the same manner as Boko Haram terrorists.

The navy also said a patrol team‎ from NNS DELTA discovered and destroyed two illegal refineries in Jones creek in Warri South West local Government Area of Delta State.

The items destroyed at the site, according to Mr. Ezekobe, include a Cotonou boat laden with about 66,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil, 4 GP storage tanks measuring 500 litres each.

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