Nigerian Navy Raids Illegal Refineries in Warri


•Refutes online reports on illegal recruitment

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The anti-crude oil theft operations of the Nigerian Navy have raided and destroyed several illegal refineries in Warri, Delta State.

This is coming as the Nigerian Navy denied an online report that the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas may be sacked over his refusal to take an ‘illegal recruitment list’ from Mamman Daura.

The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, in a statement on Thursday, said that the patrol team deployed by Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, naval base in Warri raided an illegal refinery at Asiagbene community in Warri South West Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State.

According to Ezekobe, four large GP tanks laden with about 10,000 liters each of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO were destroyed.

He also said that the patrol team on July 21, 2016 located and destroyed two illegal refineries with three Cotonou boats containing approximately 350MT of illegally refined AGO at Asosolo and Ugbosede in Warri South West LGA.

During the raid, he said, two persons were arrested while the following items were recovered; five speed boats, 20 drums of illegally refined AGO, five drums of illegally refined DPK, a pumping machine, generator and 1 90HP outboard engine.

He said that the suspects are undergoing further investigation.

He said that the patrol team deployed by NNS Pathfinder in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has raided and destroyed two active illegal refinery sites around Ogu Bolo in Rivers State.

“During the raid, six Storage tanks each containing 60,000 liters of suspected stolen crude and two speed boats carrying 15 drums each of illegally refined AGO were destroyed. The patrol team also destroyed a barge laden with about 120,000 liters of suspected illegally refined AGO,” he stated.

Ezekobe further stated that the upsurge in criminal activities via the numerous waterways in the hinterland are often tagged as being perpetrated by militants with an accompanying call on the NN to act.