Nigerian Navy Arrests 6 Suspected Vandals, Destroys Illegal Refineries


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerian Navy patrol team deployed from NNS Pathfinder has arrested six persons suspected to be engaged in operations of illegal refinery and pipeline vandalism.

The Naval Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, in a statement on Thursday, said the suspects who are now undergoing investigation were picked up from a large warehouse located at Ogbogoro Uzoba waterside around Choba in Port Harcourt Rivers State.

According Ezekobe, the raid was in continuation of the Chief of the Naval Staff’s strong resolve to stamp out all forms of crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, illegal refineries and other unwholesome activities that have impacted negatively on the security and economic development of Nigeria.

“The warehouse is suspected to serve as a storage facility for illegally refined products. 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,” he said.

In addition, he said, another Navy patrol team deployed from NNS DELTA discovered and destroyed two illegal refineries in Jones creek in Warri South West local Government Area of Delta State.