Though no suspects were arrested, the Nigeria Navy successfully destroyed illegal refinery used by the pirates for processing crude oil.
In a statement released by Commodore Odogwu Ezekobe, which confirmed the incident, the navy destroyed an illegal refinery site, a Cotonou boat containing about 50MT of stolen crude oil & 6 X 15, and metal tanks containing illegal refined AGO, in an organised raid.
Unfortunately, no arrests were made, as the suspects fled the scene before the arrival of the naval officers.
Ezekobe said, “In the raid which was carried out at Ogbe-Igoh community in Warri, Delta State, the Nigerian Navy team destroyed an illegal refinery site and one Cotonou boat containing about 50MT of stolen crude oil and 6 X 15, metal tanks containing illegal refined AGO.”
“No suspect was apprehended as they fled the site before the arrival of the Nigerian Navy patrol team.”
Hardened criminals have been reported to regularly engage in an unauthorised processing of crude oil in the Niger Delta.
This has led to the destruction and theft of government properties in the region.