Navy im­pounds 285 met­ric tons of crude oil in Rivers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Nige­rian Navy Ship­yard, Pathfinder, in Port Har­court, said yes­ter­day that it im­pounded two badges car­ry­ing 285 met­ric tons of stolen crude oil es­ti­mated at N50 mil­lion.

Capt. Has­san Dog­ara, the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, For­ward Op­er­at­ing Base, Bonny, told news­men that 11 sus­pects were ar­rested dur­ing the raid.

“Troops un­der my com­mand on April 23 in­ter­cepted and ar­rested two-wooden badges con­tain­ing an es­ti­mated 230 tons of sus­pected crude oil dur­ing a rou­tine pa­trol of its area of re­spon­si­bil­ity. As our op­er­a­tives ap­proached the scene of the crime, the per­pe­tra­tors’ fled. But we were able to ar­rest 11 sus­pects af­ter­wards, im­pounded five speed boats and five pa­trol en­gines. The badges which were filled to the brim had sev­eral leak­ages, and so, spilled its con­tent into the creeks and in the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. In view of this de­vel­op­ment, troops quickly moved in and saved 230 tons and de­stroyed the badges with about 55 tons-left­over of the prod­uct to avoid fur­ther degra­da­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Dog­ara said 230 tons of the prod­uct are with the Navy, await­ing fur­ther di­rec­tives from the East­ern Naval Com­mand. He added that the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Us­man Jubrin, has or­dered strate­gic de­ploy­ment of troops on wa­ter­ways to stop oil thieves and pipe­line van­dals.

He fur­ther stated that the Navy would con­tinue its 24-hour sur­veil­lance on wa­ter­ways to stop il­le­gal­i­ties on the na­tion’s mar­itime do­main and at­tacks on oil in­stal­la­tions.

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