Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

The Nigerian Navy says it has seized N10.7 billion worth of crude oil and other related products from oil thieves and economic saboteurs in the last four weeks of its Operation Dakatar Da Barawo (OPDDB), in the Niger Delta region.

The Navy also destroyed dozens of illegal refining sites in the oil-rich region, according to a statement on Wednesday signed by Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, Director of Information,  Nigeria Navy.

“The Nigerian Navy denied oil thieves and economic saboteurs an estimated Ten Billion Seven Hundred and One Million Seven Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand Fifty-Two Naira Five Kobo (N10,701,793,052.5k) worth of crude oil and related products for the period under review,” the statement read.

Giving a breakdown,  the Navy said it recovered 6,558,000 litres of automotive gas oil (AGO) at 720 per litre totalling N4.7 billion, was seized within the period in April, while 16, 423, 414 litres (103,291.91 barrels) of crude oil at $105 per barrel of crude oil worth N5.9 billion, was seized. 

The Navy also informed that it seized 319,150 litres of DPK at N235 per litre, worth N7.5 million, 45,000 litres of premium motor spirit at N165 per litre, worth over N7.4 million  and  650,000 litres of sludge.

The Navy added that it deactivated a total of 148 illegal refining sites and destroyed 36 wooden boats within the period.

The statement read in part, “For 23-30 April 2022, being the Fourth Week of the Nigerian Navy-led Op DAKATAR DA BARAWO (OPDDB) remarkable achievements were recorded by operations bases. Particularly, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH at Yenagoa on 23 Apr 22 during a patrol of Mbiama , Kiama and Sagbama axis discovered 2 empty tanker-trucks  close to Sagbama waterside which is neither a loading site nor a tank farm. The 2 trucks were therefore neutralized. Similarly, the Base intercepted a Market Boat at Odioma-Diema axis along Akassa- Brass route. The boat was laden with over 3,500 litres of suspected crude oil products concealed in drums and gallons which were subsequently evacuated to a river bank and neutralized accordingly. 

“In a related development, NNS DELTA in Warri on 25 April 2022 deactivated an Ilegal Refining Site (IRS) around Sara creek in Warri South West LGA. A total of 30 refining units/ovens, 35 big metal storage tanks and 4 large pits cumulatively filled with about 500,000 litres of ilegally refined AGO
and 700,000 litres of stolen crude oil were deactivated.

“Also on 25 April 2022, NNS SOROH identified and proceeded to a newly reconstructed IRS off Otuofor creek in Sangana, Brass LGA. The site had 2 refining ovens, 2 empty storage tanks and a large wooden boat containing about 100,000 litres of ilegally sourced crude oil.
“These were all destroyed in situ. Thereafter, NNS SOROH searched adjoining creeks around Kotipiri fishing camp before proceeding to another IRS at Ereweibio creek, Sangana Brass LGA. A total of 15 large pits, 10 ovens, 7 large metal storage tanks, drums and sacks all containing about 500,000 litres of ilegally sourced crude oil, 400,000 litres of ilegally refined AGO and 20,000 litres of ilegally refined kerosene were discovered and deactivated accordingly.  Additionally, one 40Hp Yamaha engine, One Power
series 5,000 Watts generator and one Pumping machine were seized from the site.

“Meanwhile, on 26 April 2022, NNS DELTA at Sara creek in Warri SW LGA of Delta State discovered a total of 15 ilegal refining units/ovens, 18 metal storage tanks and 2 large pits all laden with a total of about 150,000 litres of ilegally refined AGO  and 400,000 litres of stolen crude oil. These were all crushed and destroyed. On the same day, the Base intercepted one large wooden boat laden with about 200,000 Litres of stolen crude oil hidden in a creek around Ekpemu community in Warri North LGA. Accordingly, the wooden boat and product were destroyed in situ while 2 pumping machines were seized.


“Furthermore, on 30 April 2022, NNS PATHFINDER in Port-Harcourt intercepted one wooden boat laden with unspecified quantity of ilegally refined AGO at Isaka junction.  The Base also conducted swamp buggy operations in Cawthorne channel and later intercepted 2 wooden boats laden with unspecified quantity of products suspected to be local ilegally refined AGO. Similarly, Forward Operating Base (FOB) BONNY on the same day, intercepted a large ‘Cotonou’ wooden boat tied to a branch and ladened with about 300,000 litres of product suspected to be local ilegally refined AGO. These were all neutralized appropriately. On the same day, NNS DELTA located an IRS around Ogbodede community in Warri South LGA.

“The site had 2 ovens, 7 metal storage tanks and 10 large pits cumulatively laden with about 275,000 litres of stolen crude oil.  The criminals fled before the arrival of the naval patrol team. Nevertheless, the IRS was deactivated. Further exploitation by the Base led to the discovery of an inactive IRS off Asisan creek in Warri South LGA. It was observed that the IRS was under construction with one oven already constructed. The site was subsequently destroyed.”


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