The Nigerian Navy on Saturday in Warri,destroyed over 260 illegal refineries and apprehended five persons suspected to be involved in running the refineries.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, who monitored the 8-hour operation inside Oteghele Phase one and two forest in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta, reports that the Naval ship, NNS Delta,was used in destroying the illegal refineries
Addressing newsmen at the scene of the operation, the NNS Delta Commanding Officer, Capt. Musa Gemu, said that the operation would be a routine process.
“We destroyed about 260 underground illegal refineries and also burnt over 100,000 metric tons of Automotive Gas Oil diesel today.
“We also apprehended five suspects; two women and three middle-aged men.
“The Navy also seized one small generating set, two pumping machines and two boats from the suspects,’’ he said.
Gemu said that the suspects would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, for prosecution.
He warned the people against indulging in criminal acts, adding that the Navy was poised to sanitise the Nigerian waterways from all forms of illegalities.