The Nigerian Navy in its ongoing effort to maintain and sustain security in the nation’s maritime area, has raided Ogbe-Ijoh community in Delta State, arrested some vandals and destroyed illegal refinery.
The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, stated this on Tuesday, saying that the Navy has also recovered suspected vessels from the pirates.
“The Nigerian Navy has not rested on its oars. More pipeline vandals have been arrested, Nigerian Navy also have recovered suspected pirates vessel four months after pirates hijacked an oil tanker, MT MAXIMUS, the navy has recovered the pirate vessel MT DEJIKUN used by suspected pirates,” Ezekobe said.
In another development, he said that NNS DELTA carried out a raid within its area of responsibility.
He noted that “in the raid, which was carried out at Ogbe-Igoh community in Warri, Delta State, the Nigerian Navy team destroyed an illegal refinery site and one Cotonou boat containing about 50MT of stolen crude oil and 6 X 15, metal tanks containing illegal refined AGO”.
He however, remarked that “no suspect was apprehended as they fled the site before the arrival of the Nigerian Navy patrol team”.
In another development, Ezekobe denied the claims that candidates made payments for the ongoing 2016 recruitment exercise.
“The attention of the Nigerian Navy has been drawn to reports (not media report) which suggest that syndicates purportedly operating in the name of Nigerian Navy are defrauding prospective candidates by directing them to pay forty thousand naira (N40,000) for placement in the 2016 recruitment exercise,” he stated.