Nigerian Navy Thwarts Illegal Refinery Construction
By George George Idowu
The Base Operations Officer of Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Port Harcourt axis, Cdr. Sa’id Kabir, revealed on Monday that the Nigerian Navy successfully foiled an attempt to construct an illegal refinery, leading to the apprehension of 11 suspects.
The suspects were later handed over to Mr. Monday Lawal of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Command in Rivers state.
Commander Kabir explained that the arrests occurred during a patrol of Krakrama Waterways, aimed at combating illegal oil bunkering in Rivers state.
He emphasized that the operation aligns with the strategic mandate of zero tolerance for crude oil and petroleum products theft.
During the interception, NNS Pathfinder’s Tactical Response and Assault Squadron seized a boat carrying ten metal plates, 14 angle irons, and 20 gas cylinders, all concealed in a wooden boat.
Further investigations uncovered that the suspects were en route to Bille, a riverine community, to construct an illegal refinery under the employment of an individual named Mr. John.
Kabir stated, “The base is making concerted efforts to arrest John and other suspects involved in this criminal enterprise,” emphasizing the Navy’s commitment to eradicating crude oil and petroleum products theft.
He warned oil thieves to relocate from Rivers while addressing attempts by criminal elements to undermine the Navy’s efforts, reassuring the public of their dedication to ensuring a secure environment for legitimate business activities.
Mr. Monday Lawal of the NSCDC assured swift investigations, promising full disclosure of outcomes and emphasizing that suspects would face arraignment if found guilty.
He encouraged the public to provide information on suspicious activities to aid in maintaining security within their communities.