The Nigeria Navy has called on the general public to continue furnishing security agencies with timely information to enable them rid off oil thieves and pipeline vandals in the country.
The Navy recorded a breakthrough in its undercover operations when it uncovered a major illegal oil bunkering site at an abandoned warehouse in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state in southern Nigeria.
Commandant of the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder in Port Harcourt, Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim said five persons including an Engine Repairer were arrested at the scene.
Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim represented by the Base Operation Officer, Lieutenant Commodore Sunday Haruna said over 500 drums loaded with illegally refined petroleum products were seen at the site.
“NNS Pathfinder operation is geared towards achieving the mandate of the Chief of Naval Staff strategic guidance and zero tolerance for Crude oil theft and other activities within the Niger Delta. This raid will continue until we reduce it to the barest minimum.
“The illegal containers had been arranged in each compartment and each compartment contained 100 drums, and we have over 20 compartments and each of these drums contains about 350 litres of illegally refined AGO(diesels),” he explained.
Over 200 polythene bags and a wooden Contonou boats loaded with refined oil were also discovered at the illegal oil site. They were all impounded by the Navy.