The Nigerian Navy says it has destroyed 12 illegal refineries in Egbokodo and Kantu communities in Warri South and Warri South/West Local Government Areas of Delta State, respectively.
The Commander of The Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Delta, Commodore Aliyu Sule, disclosed this to newsmen at the Warri Naval Base in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
“Two of the illegal refineries were destroyed in Egbokodo while others were ruined in Kantu.
“In Kantu forest, we destroyed 10 illegal refineries and I understand there are more, so, we are going back to the place to destroy them.
“I understand that place is full of illegal refineries, that what we have just done was a tip of the iceberg, so we will not stop as long as they don’t stop,’’ he said.
According to him, the command will continue to checkmate perpetrators of illegal bunkering until the criminal act was completely eradicated.
He stressed that intelligence gathering was very vital in winning the war against oil theft and urged the public to always supply Naval personnel with useful information to stop the illegal bunkering in the state.
The Navy boss who decried the ecological effect of the illicit trade on the environment, said that destruction of the ill-gotten products was part of their mandate, and pledged to carry out the mandate in order to win the war against oil theft.
One wooden boat laden with a product suspected to be crude oil was burnt in Egbokodo, in addition to two pumping machines, five tents and over 20 metallic and plastic drums filled with illegally refined diesel and petrol, which were also destroyed in Kantu.