NIGERIAN Navy said its FOB ESCRAVOS under the maritime component of OPS DELTA SAFE has discovered a haven for illegal refining of stolen crude oil at Saghara creek in Warri South West LGA of Delta state. Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Commodore Christian Ezekobe said in a statement yesterday that the site had storage pits with large volumes of suspected stolen crude oil as well as large volumes of illegally refined product suspected to be AGO. The naval spokesman said though no arrest was made, the patrol team in conjunction with troops of the land components of OPS DELTA SAFE destroyed the site. He also disclosed that Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS DELTA have arrested suspected illegal oil bunkerers at Epomu creek with a Cotonou boat carrying unspecified amount of product suspected to be crude oil, even as another 3 persons were arrested for suspected illegal oil bunkering. “The suspects were caught with a 200HP speed boat carrying the sum of N2,622,450.00. The suspects and cash have been handed over to officials of NSCDC for further action. “Additionally, a patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE has arrested three suspected oil thieves around Prime Energy in Akwa Ibom State. “The suspects were conveying 10 drums of allegedly stolen Premium Motor Spirits, PMS, and five drums of suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil, AGO in 3 speed boats. “Furthermore, NNS PATHFINDER patrol team raided an illegal refinery site around Isaka community in Rivers state. During the raid, the team destroyed the illegal refinery together with a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil and a ground reservoir with unquantifiable quantity of suspected illegally refined AGO.

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