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Navy destroys more illegal refineries, arrests vessel

The Nigerian Navy has continued its crackdown on the activities of illegal crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals with the raiding of an illegal refinery site at Ikoh Imoh Community in Akwa-Ibom State.
According to a statement by the Navy’s Director of Information, Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe,   the raid was carried out on August 10 by a patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE.
During the operation, he said the patrol team destroyed a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil, 103 drums of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and two motorcycles.
Similarly, on August 12 at about 0630, a patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA, raided several illegal refinery sites along Jones Creek in Delta State.
The Navy stated that 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 August 13, 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.
“The Nigerian Navy is, therefore, reiterating its resolve to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage and criminal activities in the maritime areas.

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