Illegal Refineries Deactivated, Special Forces Head to S/Kaduna–DHQ
An illegal refinery with two metal reservoirs laden with an estimated 314.49 barrels of crude oil and 90,000 litres of illegally refined AGO, has been deactivated.
The refining site, located at Yellow Platform off Onne, in Rivers State, was deactivated by a patrol team of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, at a press briefing on Thursday, said troops of Operation Delta Safe have intensified the fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering in the South South.
Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), further disclosed that the NNS DELTA patrol team also located an Illegal Refining Site along Lokpobiri in Burutu LGA of Delta State.
He said the site had 23 ovens, 15 surface metal storage tanks and 9 dug out pits cumulatively laden with about 195,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.
“Also, a speed boat laden with 4 sacks containing unspecified quantity of illegally refined AGO and 3 pumping machines, were found at the site. Accordingly, the site was deactivated while the speed boat with its content was recovered to the Base,” he added.
Maj. Gen. Enenche, while speaking further at the briefing, also said troops of Operation Awatse impounded a wooden boat with a sack containing 45 jerrycans of 25 litres, one 2.2 inches capacity hose of about 300 metres in length at Ibeshe area.
He said troops also arrested a suspect in possession of some jerry cans of product suspected to be PMS and at Abule glass.
“He is currently in custody at the Base while arrangements are ongoing to hand him over to appropriate prosecuting agency,” he added.
In a bid to curb the recent attacks and isolated killings in Southern Kaduna, the DMO Coordinator, equally stated that, troops of Operation Safe Haven have continued to intensify efforts, aimed at securing lives and property in the general area.
His words: “Particularly, Special Operations Forces have been deployed to the Joint Operations Area covering the various flash points. This move is expected to achieve the desired result with the provision of credible and actionable intelligence specifically from primary sources.”