NIGER DELTA, NIGERIA-JULY 2009-In Bolo creek, the villagers are bunkering the oil from Shell facilities and refining it to sell it on the black market. Around 30 to 40 illegal refineries can be found all over the creek. The strong presence of the militants is keeping away the army and the police allowing the villagers to work freely. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/ Getty Images)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has described the interplay between members of the executive and the legislative arms of government as an indispensible element of the democratic process with potential positive spin-off effect on the oil and gas industry in the country.
Nigerian Navy operations bases have intensified anti-crude oil theft operations, resulting in massive successes against criminal elements in the Niger Delta in the last 1 week.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to adopt more refined ways of destroying illegal refineries in the state.
Troops of joint operation DELTA SAFE have intensified raids operation against crude oil theft with destruction of 80 illegal refineries across Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States recently.
The Nigerian Navy has intensified the ongoing clampdown on illegal crude oil thieves, illegal refineries and other related crimes in the maritime areas.