Nigerian Army on Thursday said they had deactivated 25 illegal refineries in the south south region, in its effort to curb crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement published on it website and circulated via its official twitter handle on Thursday.
Nigerian Army said the 25 illegal refineries that were deactivated were operating in three South South States of Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.
“Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE have intensified the fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering in the region with attendant successes.
“Within the period under review, Operation DELTA SAFE discovered and deactivated 25 illegal refining sites in Rivers, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.
“Also, a total of 342, 000, 00 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO were impounded. Subsidiary operations CALM WATERS II and SWIFT RESPONSE have continued to record remarkable successes”, the statement read.
It added that the Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA led a peace and reconciliation meeting with the stakeholders of Gbaramatu Kingdom of Warri South LGA of Delta State.
“The peace meeting was held following recent threats to disrupt oil and gas infrastructure by the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom”, statement read.