Navy raids Rivers state, destroys 22 illegal refineries

About 22 illegal refineries and oil wells have been destroyed by the Nigerian Navy in an operation in the Ogu Bolo area of Rivers State.


Reports gather that the navy, in a patrol team from FOB BONNY, destroyed 22 illegal refineries and 10 dug out wells in the area.

Some six Cotonou boats carrying away suspected stolen crude were also waylaid by the patrol team.

The Director of Information, NNS, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, said in a statement that oil theft in the Niger Delta was a menace, adding that the service would ensure zero tolerance.

He said, “A patrol team from FOB BONNY raided Bolo and the adjoining creeks. During the raid, the team destroyed 12 illegal refinery sites, six Cotonou boats carrying suspected crude oil and 20 tanks laden with suspected illegally refined diesel.

“Other items destroyed include six tanks laden with crude oil as well as one speedboat laden with diesel. Ten dug out wells used for storage of suspected crude oil were also destroyed.”



  1. Lol. Can d govt take a second look at d issue of this so called illegal refinery? Are they truly do the refining of petroleum products? If yes, why can’t the govt gather these people, form them into coperatives, licence them and give them necessary training to refine a quality products?
    Govt refineries are moribund despite wasting billions of dollar for turn around maintenance. Let this people be they can help create millions of job.

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