The anti-crude oil theft team of the Navy has arrested two suspected oil thieves in Ugbosede community in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspects, who were arrested by officers of the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) Delta, have been handed over to officials of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution.
A statement by Navy’s Director of Information, Commodore Christine Odogwu Ezekobe, said the arrest was in connection with the discovery of illegal refinery in the area.
The statement said items recovered from the suspects include a 115 HP outboard engine, a speed boat and 90 HP boat conveying five drums, each of which was said to carry substances suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) or diesel.
It recalled that a similar arrest was made on August 5, when the patrol team deployed by NNS Pathfinder raided Betaland, an enclave close to Cawthorne Channel in Rivers State.
During the raid, an illegal refinery site was discovered and destroyed.
Items also destroyed on the site include four storage tanks, each laden with about 40,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO, as well as a Cotonou, Benin Republic boat containing about 60,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil.
The Navy pledged to curtail criminal activities in the creeks, saying those sabotaging the nation’s economic assets should stop or face the full wrath of the law.