The Nigerian Navy Ship Delta has destroyed over 40 illegal refineries earlier uncovered in Jones Creek, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta in consonance with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, to rid the Niger Delta of oil thieves.
Commander, NNS DELTA, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu disclosed this to newsmen at the Warri Naval Command shortly after setting ablaze the illegal refineries.
He said the suspected illegal crude oil refineries had to be set ablaze to prevent the offenders from coming back to evacuate the product and perpetuate further illegal acts.
Dewu said, “The option of the Nigerian Navy personnel burning illegal refineries with the crude was our last option so that the people will not come back and evacuate them”.
“However, they cannot even evacuate them because it is in a very large quantity.
“My concern and worry is the effect these illegal acts are causing on the environment.
“We are going to sustain this operation so that we will be able to stop all these illegal activities within the creeks in line with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).
“This will enable the people in the communities to live a normal life because as we speak, aquatic life has been destroyed because the environment is polluted”.
Recall that the illegal refineries and over 200 tanks carrying over 10, 000 liters each were uncovered by the Nigerian Navy base NNS Delta on Feb. 9, 2017.
Also, recall that this discovery occurred barely 24 hours after the CNS, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, launched “Operation Tsare Teku IV” in Warri to further combat criminal elements operating in the nation’s maritime domain.
Admiral Ibas had warned during the launch that those sabotaging the nation’s economic assets should desist from the act before the law caught up with them.
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