In continuation of the Chief of the Naval Staff’s campaign tagged “Ops Zero Crude Oil Theft (Zero COT)”, a patrol team deployed by Forward Operation Base (FOB) Escravos in Delta State conducted several raids on illegal refinery sites around Jones, Sara and Oporoza Creeks in Warri South LGA of Delta State, where more illegal refineries were destroyed in the Niger Delta region.
A statement by the Naval Director of Information, Commodore Christian Ezekobe said during the raids, the team arrested 11 suspects and destroyed 13 ‘Cotonou’ boats laden with suspected stolen crude oil.
The team also recovered two speed boats and a Cotonou boat carrying 20 tanks of different capacities measuring a total of 160,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas oil (AGO). Other items recovered from the criminals include six outboard engines and four pumping machines.
Ezekobe also said in a similar operation conducted by NNS PATHFINDER in Rivers State, patrol teams intercepted and destroyed some speed boats and several drums of illegally refined AGO mostly around Onne in Rivers State.
He said specifically, six speed boats conveying about 30 drums of various sizes laden with illegally refined AGO were destroyed between 10 and 11 September 2016.
“The arrested suspects are being interrogated and would be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action,” he added.