operatives have arrested 11
suspected oil thieves at various
locations while equipments used
for illegal oil refinery and pipeline
vandalism were destroyed.
According to a statement by
Navy’s Director of Information,
Commodore Christian O.
Ezekobe, some of the arrested
culprits have been handed over
to relevant agencies for further
investigation and prosecution.
The statement however did not
mention the various locations the
suspects were apprehended.
Mr Ezekobe boasted that the
Nigerian Navy has sustained its
dominance in the waterways with
extensive patrols and increased
surveillance activities in line with
the directives of Chief of the Naval
Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas
between March 21 and 28, 2016.
“The anti crude oil theft, Anti-
COT, drive of the Nigerian Navy
received a boost with successes
recorded in raids conducted
against illegal crude oil thieves,
illegal refineries, smugglers and
other criminalities along the
waterways and creeks.
“The Nigerian Navy wishes to use
this opportunity to restate its resolve
to ensure that maritime criminals
and operators of illegal refineries are
decisively dealt with as a deterrent
to others wishing to sabotage critical
national economic assets