In continuation of the anti-crude oil theft operations of the Nigerian Navy in the Niger Delta, patrol teams deployed by the Service have raided and destroyed more illegal bunkering and refinery sites. This is even as the Nigerian Navy has intensified patrol of the maritime areas of the country in order to deter any form of security beaches and threats.
On 16 November 2016, the patrol team deployed by Forward Operating Base (FOB) Formoso in Bayelsa State arrested MV MIDES 2 and 2 other Cotonou boats for alleged illegal bunkering activities at Sonikiri Community in Nembe LGA of Bayelsa State. MV MIDES 2 was while arrested carrying out transfer of suspected illegally refined AGO to the Cotonou boats.
In another raid, on 18 November 2016, the patrol team deployed by NNS PATHFINDER in Rivers State destroyed an illegal refinery site containing about 70,000 litres of stolen crude oil and 40,000 litres of illegally refined AGO at Bille Creek in Rivers State.
Similarly the patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA arrested 4 persons onboard a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil on the Forcados River. This feat is in addition to an earlier raids conducted by the operatives in which a Cotonou boat laden with about 15 metric tones (MT) of product suspected to be crude oil was destroyed at Benneth Island in Delta State.
The Nigerian Navy patrol team deployed from Forward Operating Base (FOB) ESCARVOS under Ops DELTA SAFE on 23 November 2016 also carried out extensive patrol of the area of responsibility. During the patrol, the team discovered and dismantled a newly erected illegal refinery Camp at Tipo Village near Abiteye Community in Delta State. The patrol team also destroyed 2 large Cotonou boats laden with various quantities of product suspected to be stolen crude oil siphoned from sources within the village. Further searches revealed that the criminals stashed about 100 Jerry cans of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO on an adjacent Creek in a bid to conceal them from military operatives.
In a related development, the naval patrol team deployed from NNS PATHFINDER under Ops DELTA SAFE on 23 November 2016 discovered and destroyed a large wooden boat at Wakama, close to Onne axis. The boat contained about 500 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO.