Civil Defence Arrests 11 Oil Thieves, Destroys 29 Illegal Refineries

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A worker at a makeshift production camp in Nigeria’s swamps processed crude oil at an illegal oil refinery site near the river Nun in Bayelsa.

Yenagoa  –  The Bayelsa Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 11 suspected oil criminals and destroyed 29 illegal refineries in the state.

The state Commandant, NSCDC, Mr Desmond Agu, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the suspects had been paraded on Tuesday while efforts were  underway to prosecute them.

Agu said that the command also seized vehicles used for conveying the stolen products.

He explained that the suspects in a bid to escape being caught by security operatives, allegedly put the products suspected to be petrol and diesel in nylon bags and stored them in sacks.

He said that based on intelligence information, the operatives of the corps were able to apprehend the suspects and intercepted the stolen products.

He said that the suspects were held in the custody of the command for further interrogation and investigation.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court after preliminary investigation.

Agu said that the destruction of the 29 illegal refineries were carried out in Otuo, Oyeregbene, Igbomatoru, Azuzuama, Korokorosei and Ukparatubu communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

He reiterated the command’s zero tolerance for vandalism, sabotage of public facilities, particularly critical national assets, warning criminals to desist from such acts in their own interest.

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