By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian Navy is set to destroy two illegal oil refineries discovered at Opumami in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta state, the Defence Headquarters said on Tuesday.
In a statement by the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, in Abuja, the sites were discovered by the Nigerian Navy ship Delta patrol team which conducted anti – crude oil theft (COT) / anti – illegal bunkering operations in its area of operations during the week.
According to him, “the site had 30 ovens, 40 receivers and 16 dugout pits cumulatively laden with about 120,000 litres of product suspected to be stolen crude oil and 40,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO.
” Same day, the team discovered another illegal refining site at around Opumami general area.
” The site had 2 ovens, one receiver, 8 x 250 litres metal drums and one dugout pit cumulatively laden with about 30,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 25,000 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO. No arrest was made during the operations as the miscreants fled on sighting NNS DELTA patrol team. Due process is being followed to clear the site” Onyeuko stated
He further reiterated that no arrest was made during the operations as the miscreants fled on sighting the patrol team, noting that due process would be followed to clear the sites.
Similarly, the team are also said to have arrested one Hajiya Binta for operating in the Nigerian waters without its Automatic Identification System (AIS).
According to the statement, “The arrest was effected at about 5 nautical miles off the ESCRAVOS breakwaters. Upon interrogation, the Captain of the vessel, affirmed that the AIS of the vessel was not operational as at the time of her arrest due to a fault it developed while at sea. HAJIYA BINTA was handed over to NIMASA officials on 31 Mar 20 in line with due process”.
In another development, the combined troops of Nigeria and Niger Republic in a recent encounter are said to have dealt another deadly blow to terrorists at Kure village along Tumbun Rago and Tumbun Fulani areas of Borno State.
According to Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, the recent attacks were in continuation of the ongoing clearance operations, conducted on Monday.
Onyeuko, who noted that no casualty nor lost of equipment were recorded on the side of the joint military forces, said the following items were recovered namely :1 Gun Truck, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Motorcycle. Others are 1 Light Machine Gun, 1 AK 47 Rifle and a magazine, Two Hundred and Twenty Seven (227) rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition and ten (10) rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition.