The Nigerian Navy, Friday stated it has destroyed a complete variety of 2,287 unlawful refineries within the Niger Delta area between 2015 -2019.
Chief of Coverage and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a press convention organized to announce actions lined-up for the NN 64th Anniversary Celebrations.
He stated the breakdown of the destroyed unlawful refineries from 2015 to 2019 exhibits that in 2015, about 140 unlawful refineries have been destroyed and 128 unlawful refining websites in 2016.
Mohammed famous that in 2017, a complete of 1,218 unlawful refineries have been destroyed, whereas 383 and 418 unlawful refining websites have been destroyed in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
He stated “From information, 2017 recorded the very best variety of unlawful refining websites destroyed. This determine decreased in 2018 and later elevated barely in 2019.
The naval chief of coverage and plans defined that discount within the variety of unlawful refining websites destroyed from 2017 – 2019 might be attributed to the continuing swamp buggy operations within the Niger Delta which makes it tough for perpetrators to reactivate destroyed unlawful refining websites
In response to him “The NN additionally recorded successes in anti-COT and illegally sourced petroleum product which has decreased unlawful oil dealings inside the Nigerian maritime surroundings from 2017-2019. For example, in 2017, the NN denied legal oil entrepreneurs dealing on unlawful oil about 218,057 barrels of crude oil valued at about N3,724,413,560 and 60,553,415 ltrs of AGO valued at N11,807,915,925.
“Equally, in 2018, unlawful oil dealings of about 295,028 barrels of crude oil valued at about N5,039,078,240 and 23,991,325 ltrs of AGO valued at N4,678,308,375 have been denied the legal oil entrepreneurs by the NN.
He added “In the identical vein, in 2019, the NN denied legal oil entrepreneurs dealing on unlawful oil 296,192 barrels of crude oil valued at about N5,058,959,360 and 42,729,530 ltrs of AGO valued at N8,332,258,350.
Talking additional, he famous that the present COVID-19 Pandemic has necessitated a evaluation of the preliminary plan for the anniversary, including that the celebrations could be restricted to solely few actions to replicate the sombre temper within the nation.
“All Ships could be Dressed Total from Monday 25 Could – Monday 1 June 2020. It’s pertinent to state that this era will even witness the Distribution of Palliatives and Donation of Private Protecting Tools (PPE) by the NN.
“In these regards, the NHQ and all Instructions will additional interact with designated authorities in host communities for distribution of palliative and PPE from Thursday 28 – Friday 29 Could 2020.
“The NN will even fee a COVID-19 Isolation Centre in Lagos. That is with a view to supporting the FG struggle in opposition to COVID-19 Pandemic. Lastly, a modified and extremely restricted Ceremonial Sundown shall be held at Command stage on Monday, 1 June 2020 to mark the tip of the week-long actions of the NN 64th Anniversary.