ANTI-CRUDE oil theft operations of the Nigerian Navy have yielded more positive results as the patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA, naval base in Warri raided an illegal refinery at Asiagbene community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State. Four large GP tanks laden with about 10,000 litres each of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO were destroyed. Also the patrol team on 21 July 2016 located and destroyed 2 illegal refineries with 3 Cotonou boats containing approximately 350MT of illegally refined AGO at Asosolo and Ugbosede in Warri South West LGA. During the raid, 2 persons were arrested while the following items were recovered; 5 speed boats, 20 drums of illegally refined AGO, 5 drums of illegally refined DPK, 1 pumping machine, 1 generator and 1 x 90HP outboard engine. According to a statement by the Director of Information, Commodore Christian O.R Ezekobe said the suspects are undergoing further investigation. In another operation, the patrol team deployed by NNS PATHFINDER in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has raided and destroyed 2 active illegal refinery sites around Ogu Bolo in Rivers State. The Navy spokesman said during the raid, 6 Storage tanks each containing 60,000 litres of suspected stolen crude and 2 speed
boats carrying 15 drums each of illegally refined AGO were destroyed. The patrol team also destroyed a barge laden with about 120,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO. Meanwhile, the Navy headquarters has refuted a story making round that the Chief of the Naval Staff may be sacked for rejecting illegal recruitment list from Mamman Daura. According to Commodore Ezekobe, “The attention of the Naval Headquarters has been drawn to a news report titled “Chief of the Naval Staff faces sack for rejecting illegal recruitment list from Mamman Daura”. The report was published on Tuesday 26 July 2016 by an online medium going by the name “After a thorough scrutiny of the publication, it was evident that this is one of the many attempts to disparage and scandalise the current efforts of the Federal Government to eliminate all forms of corrupt tendencies in our national life. “The Naval Headquarters therefore wishes to reiterate that the news report is false, mischievous, malicious and is intended by its sponsors, to create disaffection among the citizens as regards the conduct of the Nigerian Navy Recruitment Exercise. Members of the public are hereby adviced to disregard this report.

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