Defence & Security

Navy denies oil thieves N6.3b in two months

By Alex Olise, Defence /Security Correspondent

The Nigerian Navy (NN) in just two months of its operation Dakar Da Barawo has been able to deny crude oil thieves a whopping six billion, three hundred and forty-three million, six hundred and seventy-two naira, five kobo only (N6, 343,678,472.5).

During the period, the Navy also arrested 28 persons and handed them over to the police.

The Trumpet further gathered that during the operation the naval authorities recovered 66 wooden boats, six-speed boats, one market boat, six tankers, a Toyota Camry, 36 IRS, 232 ovens, 308 storage tanks, and 104 dugout pits.

In a further statement by the director of Naval information, Navy Commodore Ayo Vaughan made available to The Trumpet which revealed the account of activities during the operation, the operatives had made the tremendous achievement in the fight against the crude oil thieves and securing the nation’s waterworks.

It would be recalled that Nigeria Navy-led operation “Dakatar Da Barawo” (OPDDB) was flagged off on 1st April 2022 with the support of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
On 14th May 2022 Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH at yenogoa, Bayelsa State located a barge laden with about 200,000 tones litres of illegally refined AGO at wabrox jetty in swali community yenogoa.

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Also, on 16th May 2022 Forward Operation Base (FOB) escravos at Delta State raided an IRS at madangho creek in Warri Southwest LGA where seven illegal refining units, storage tanks, and four cargo pits were discovered.

A total of about 150,00 litres of illegally refined AGO otherwise known as diesel and about 250,000 litres of stolen crude oil were discovered.

The Trumpet learnt that the operation to sanitize the nation’s oil sector will be intensifying in months to come with a view to save more revenue for the country.

However, there is more Naval presence in the high sea.

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