JUST IN: Navy destroys 2,287 illegal refineries in four years — CNS Ibas

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JUST IN: Navy destroys 2,287 illegal refineries in four years — CNS Ibas

 The Nigerian Navy says its anti-crude oil theft operations has destroyed a total of 2,287 illegal refineries between 2015 and 2019.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.

Ibas, who was represented by Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, also disclosed that all was set for the Nigerian Navy’s 64th anniversary scheduled to hold from May 25 to June 1.

He noted that the Service had performed credibly well in the fight against crude oil and illegal oil bunkering through operations conducted by its “Operational Bases and Forward Operating Bases” within the period under review.

He said: “The bases cumulatively destroyed a total of 2,287 illegal refineries between 2015 to 2019.

“These activities were complemented with series of swamp buggy operations in the areas where illegal refineries were discovered.

“A breakdown of the destroyed illegal refineries from 2015 to 2019 shows that in 2015, about 140 illegal refineries were destroyed and 128 illegal refining sites also destroyed in 2016.

“However, in 2017, a total of 1,218 illegal refineries were destroyed, while 383 and 418 illegal refining sites were destroyed in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

“From records, 2017 recorded the highest number of illegal refining sites destroyed.

“This figure decreased in 2018 and later increased slightly in 2019.

“The reduction in the number of illegal refining sites destroyed from 2017 to 2019 could be attributed to the ongoing swamp buggy operations in the Niger Delta, which makes it difficult for perpetrators to reactivate destroyed illegal refining sites.”

The Naval Chief said the Service in five years had also invested in local content development through the local construction of Seaward Defence Boats.

Ibas said the second locally built SDB, NNS KARADUWA, was inaugurated in 2016, while her sister ship, a third locally built SDB, was programmed to join the Service this year.

He added: “In an effort to boost operations, 12 Manta Class boats and Inshore Patrol Craft were acquired and will be inducted into the fleet this year (2020).

“For Riverine Operations, the CNS said the Service took delivery of 148 River Patrol boats, with another 24 expected in the later part of 2020.

“Thirty-six Rigid Inflatable Boats were also procured, with another batch of 56 programmed for delivery in 2020 ending.”

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