Nigerian Navy destroys 1000 illegal refineries in Delta

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA, on Wednesday destroyed over 1000
illegal refineries with swamp buggies in the Delta creeks.

According to PM News, the Commander, NNS Delta , Commodore Ibrahim
Dewu, said the illegal refineries were destroyed in Otumara, Ogbegugu,
Okpuku creeks and Bennett Island with the aid of swamp buggies,
amphibious vehicles used in traversing swamps.

He said, "We decided to apply swamp buggies because they are more
environmental friendly and make it difficult for the perpetrators to
resuscitate the illicit businesses after crushing their facilities.

"So far the exercise has been successful and we will not rest on our
oars until the illicit trade is completely eradicated in our maritime
domain.

The commander said the use of swamp buggies would bring a lasting
solution to the ongoing economic sabotage.

On Tuesday, the commander led some navy personnel and journalists to
Bennett Island in Warri South Local Government Area of the state to
monitor the operation.

He told newsmen that the oil thieves had adopted a new method to
prevent his men from carrying out the operation.

"The perpetrators in Bennett Island set fire round the illegal
refineries to prevent us and the swamp buggy from gaining access.

"However, we were able to find our way into the sites and crushed
their equipment despite the thick smoke and rain.

"Since we started clamping down on the illegal refineries with the aid
of swamp buggies, the perpetrators have been restless'', the commander
said.

"This might have generated the recent campaign for the removal of the
Commander, Joint Task Force (JTF), code name "Operation Delta Safe,''
Rear Adm. Suleiman Apochi, by the people.


"The campaign against JTF is a distraction; we will not be deterred."

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