Navy destroys 1,500 drums of diesel, one illegal refinery in Delta

The Central Naval Command in Bayelsa has destroyed 1, 500 drums of diesel and one illegal oil refining camp in Ekpemu Community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.

Real Admiral Apochi Suleiman, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Command, who disclosed this on Sunday in Warri, said the operation was in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy Ship.

Suleiman said that a 30-year-old lady and two men, suspected to be oil thieves, were also arrest during the operation.
“The illegal petroleum refining camp destroyed is one of the major camps in the Niger-Delta region basically for illegal oil business.

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“In the camp, we also discovered 15 containers filled with oil products, 10 locally made boats and stolen crude oil.

“The Nigerian Navy is ready to flush oil thieves out of the Niger-Delta region; there is no room for criminals in the waterways this season,” he said.

Suleiman advised youths in the area to engage in legitimate business as the Navy was poised to deal with all forms of illegal oil activities in the region.
“You must support our activities by giving useful information to combat this from of crime along the waterways.



  1. Congratulations Naval and civil defense officers for destroying the wealth of the nation instead of recovering them. The government should train these illegal bunkerers so that they perfect the act of refining and buy their raw materials directly from the NNPC. If we have medium and small scale refiners less PMS will be imported into the country.

  2. We can not be encouraging criminality by encouraging oil thieves to perfect their acts. We need to discourage oil theft.

  3. The crude oil stolen by these thieves indirectly leads to loss of income for the government and high cost of repairs of vandalised oil pipelines as well as pollution of the environment in the process of siphoning the crude oil

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