Navy mops up illegal refineries in Rivers


The Nigerian Navy said at the weekend that  it has commenced mop up of  illegal refineries which have capacity to produce thousands of petroleum products daily.

Commodore Shuwa Mohammed, Commander NNS Pathfinder, Port Harcourt made this known shortly after taking newsmen on aerial and land surveillance of the newly discovered modular refineries in Rivers.

Several illegal refineries were seen hidden under tick sheds in the mangrove forest.

Mohammed said the mop up is aimed to ending damage done to the environment by activities of oil thieves.

“The mop up ordered by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, is part of a series of operations lined up to end incessant crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the state.

During our aerial surveillance, several new illegal refineries were sighted. In the course of our operation, an illegal refinery with 15 storage metallic tanks loaded with 145,000 litres of stolen crude oil was set ablaze in Buguma, Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers,” he said.

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