Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta has busted two illegal refining sites in Delta State. Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director of the Defence Media Operation (DMO) disclosed this in a statement, on Tuesday. He said the illegal refining sites were discovered by the NNS Delta patrol teams while conducting anti-Crude Oil Theft (COT)/anti-illegal bunkering operations in its area of operation around Opumami, in Warri South Local Government Area of the State. At one of the illegal site, Brig. Gen. Onyeuko, said about 30 ovens, 40 receivers and 16 dugout pits, cumulatively laden with about 120,000 litres of product suspected to be stolen crude oil and 40,000 litres of illegally refined AGO, were discovered. “Same day, the team discovered another illegal refining site at around Opumami general area.
The site had 2 ovens, one receiver, 8 x 250 litres metal drums and one dugout pit cumulatively laden with about 30,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 25,000 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO,” he added. The DMO spokesperson, disclosed that no arrest was made during the operations as the miscreants fled on sighting NNS DELTA patrol team. He assured that due process is being followed to clear the site. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DORINA, have arrested a fishing trawler code-named HAJIYA BINTA, while on routine patrol. The trawler was nabbed for operating in Nigerian waters without its Automatic Identification System (AIS). “The arrest was effected at about 5 nautical miles off the ESCRAVOS breakwaters. Upon interrogation, the Captain of the vessel, affirmed that the AIS of the vessel was not operational as at the time of her arrest due to a fault it developed while at sea. HAJIYA BINTA was handed over to NIMASA officials on 31 Mar 20 in line with due process,” Brig. Gen. Onyeuko, further stated.
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