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Navy destroys more illegal refineries in Niger Delta

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) have arrested MT Sea Eunice for alleged involvement in oil theft activities.

Preliminary investigations revealed that while the vessel was nominated to load 400 Metric Tonnes (MT) of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), it was discovered that she had about 1,000 MT of AGO on board even as the final process for loading approval was not completed.

Similarly, the patrol teams deployed by Fob Bonny have raided Ogbunku and Bolo Creeks in Rivers State.

During the raids, the team destroyed two illegal refineries, one Cotonou boat and six storage tanks containing suspected illegally refined AGO.

Other items destroyed include four storage tanks of suspected stolen crude oil and three speedboats carrying eight drums each of suspected illegally refined AGO.

Additionally, the patrol team recovered three outboard engines of 40 horse power capacity and three pumping machines.

In another development, a naval patrol team raided an illegal refinery site at Sara Creek and Ekpemu Community in Warri South West LGA, Delta State.

During the raid, the patrol team destroyed 50 cooking points, nine Cotonou boats containing large quantities of suspected stolen crude oil and about 1,000 jerry cans of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).