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Navy destroys 22 illegal refineries in Rivers



No fewer than 22 illegal refineries and oil wells have been destroyed by the Nigerian Navy in an operation in the Ogu Bolo area of Rivers State.

Our correspondent learnt that the NNS, in a patrol team from FOB BONNY, destroyed 22 illegal refineries and 10 dug out wells in the area.

Some six Cotonou boats carrying away suspected stolen crude were also waylaid by the patrol team.

The Director of Information, NNS, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, said in a statement that oil theft in the Niger Delta was a menace, adding that the service would ensure zero tolerance.

He said, “A patrol team from FOB BONNY raided Bolo and the adjoining creeks. During the raid, the team destroyed 12 illegal refinery sites, six Cotonou boats carrying suspected crude oil and 20 tanks laden with suspected illegally refined diesel.

“Other items destroyed include six tanks laden with crude oil as well as one speedboat laden with diesel. Ten dug out wells used for storage of suspected crude oil were also destroyed.”

Navy destroys 22 illegal refineries in Rivers
Navy destroys 22 illegal refineries in Rivers

Members of the Nigerian Navy march at a parade marking the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence in Abuja October 1, 2010. Car bomb explosions killed eight people and injured three near a parade in Nigeria’s capital on Friday, police said. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA – Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)

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