The Nigerian Navy has said its patrol team had arrested two oil barges at Taraba Jetty in Port Harcourt.
The statement was released the Nigerian Navy Director of Information in Abuja yesterday.
According to the statement, the arrest is due to their alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering.
The Nigerian Navy explained that one of the arrested barges carried about 70,000 liters of suspected illegally refined AGO (diesel).
The statement added the other barge was carrying a mixture of AGO and water.
The Navy added that the patrol team had arrested another barge conveying about 200 MT of suspected illegally refined AGO at Owogoro Jetty in Port Harcourt.
In a related development, the patrol teams deployed by NNS DELTA for daily patrols had continually secured shipping in and out of Warri axis.
“In the course of the patrol, the patrol team discovered and destroyed two illegal refineries.
“Both illegal refineries had an estimated 120MT of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.
“We also found another 20MT of stolen crude oil at Bikpoku Creek/Asigbo Creek in Warri South LGA,” the Navy said.
The statement further stated that another patrol team from NNS DELTA had discovered another five illegal refineries.
The statement said the Navy destroyed the illegal refinery in KO Creek in Warri South-West LGA.
The Navy also made some arrests of hoodlums suspected to be oil thieves.
This is 7th in a series of arrests and destruction of illegal refineries by the service in the area in the last two days.
With the shortage of refining capacities in Nigerian, wouldn’t it be better to modernize the technology and use same to augment our shortfall in refining capacity?