Nigerian Navy Destroys More Illegal Refineries, Arrests Marine Vessel
The Nigerian Navy has continued its crackdown on the activities of illegal crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals. On 10 August 2016, a patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE raided an illegal refinery site at Ikoh Imoh Community in Akwa-Ibom State. During the operation, the patrol team destroyed a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil, 103 drums of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and 2 motorcycles.
Similarly, on 12 August 16 at about 0630, patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA raided several illegal refinery sites along Jones Creek in Delta State. During the raid, the patrol team destroyed unquantifiable amount of stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO.
In a related development, the Nigerian Navy Ship NWAMBA on 13 August 16, at about 1000 arrested Marine Vessel (MV) STAR SHRIMPER. The vessel was alleged to have tried to evade interrogation when intercepted by the Nigerian Navy Vessel, with an unclear reason for its action. The vessel and its crew are being investigated.