7 illegal refineries destroyed in Niger Delta

A joint team of Army and State Security Service (SSS) personnel has destroyed seven illegal refineries located along the creek of the River Niger.

Col. Michael Durowaiye, the new Commander of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Onitsha on Tuesday.

Durowaiye said that the army received intelligence report from the SSS that two badges and a crude oil-laden boat, were sighted on the River Niger along Oko community in Delta and Odekpe community in Anambra. According to him, the consignment was suspected to have been stolen from Agip pipeline,

The commander said that the army immediately mobilised to take over the communities, where the seven illegal refineries were discovered.

Also intercepted during the operation were two badges loaded with 14 GeePee tanks of 1,000 litres refined gasoline each.

“As part of our operational procedures, the only thing to do is to destroy the badges, boat, tanks and other items used for the illegal refineries activities as well as their contents. My officers and men have taken control of the area to make sure that the hoodlums do not return to the communities or the water again,’’ he said.

He said that all the refineries were discovered between the boundaries of Anambra and Delta.

He said that the illegal refineries, which have been used by those engaged in oil bunkering, were first discovered by operatives of the SSS, who invited soldiers from the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha.

However, the leader of the army and SSS joint team, Lt. Col. Idongesit Akpan, said that when the army moved into the creek, the suspects abandoned their badges and its contents and ran away.

Akpan said that there was no arrest made yet and that investigation was still on.

“It appeared that the hoodlums received information that soldiers were coming and they ran away; they even removed the engine of their boat and badges and ran away,’’ he said.

Other items set ablaze included: four tanks fully loaded with refined gasoline, an empty boat as well as 100 drums of refined gasoline.


  1. lawrencce oloidi

    Die-zani nd her cronies looting d oil treasury should bow their heads in SHAME for STUPIDLY ordering d destruction of pples BRAIN for them to allow their LOOTING SPERE. God ll judge her and her colleagues in LOOTING. SHAMELESS ROGUES

  2. lawrencce oloidi

    For God sake,why destroying d refineries our Federal Govt cannot build nd maintain? Why not simply take ova dx plants maintaining some of d workers if notall.Only God can deliva us from dx purposeless and blind leaders

  3. Rasheed

    Replace Diezani and the NNPC GMD with these guys and Nigeria won’t have any cause whatsoever to import fuel again. This has clearly shown that this country has no challenges of refining enough fuel for local consumption.

  4. Rasheed

    Replace Diezani and the NNPC GMD with these guys and Nigeria won’t have any cause whatsoever to import fuel again.

  5. Kenneth

    They are proud to say they have destroyed the refineries because they cant build or manufacture anything. Sensible people would have used or improved on the technnology. shame to them.

  6. kennet police man

    those refined oils,where are they refined? i thought our refineries are not working in niaja so why are they destroying d work of dis boys dat knw hw to refine our crude in a local way. our govt should encourage them by swallowing their pride,govt want to syfon all our money in d name of subsidy and even d army team dat damaged d products,i still not belive their sincierity.

  7. godmadi

    If the nigerian state can not refine oil why destroying this boys injenuety this has shown that our broblem is not man power our broblem is our government that kills our refinery so that they can inport and use subsidy take our money.

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