Navy destroyed 1,556 illegal refineries in 9 months —Ezeoba   Leave a comment

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Joseph Dele Ezeoba, on Thursday, said 1,556 illegal oil refineries were destroyed by the Nigerian Navy between January and September.

Also, he said the navy acquired another United States coast guard ship, USCGC GALLATIN, expected to sail into the country by the second quarter of 2014.

Vice Admiral Ezeoba disclosed this in Abuja, while launching “CNS Strategic Guidance 02,” adding that “CNS Strategic 01,” which was launched on his assumption of office last year, resulted in a significant improvement on navy operations.

According to him, “1,443 large wooden boats and 69,606 auxilliary equipment were destroyed.”

He further disclosed that over 1,646 oil theft suspects were arrested and handed over to the police, Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) or the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution.

He also said two hijacked vessels, MV CROW and MT NORTE, loaded with 17,000 metric tonnes of gasoline, were rescued by the service.

Stating that the occurence of piracy and sea robbery in Nigerian waters had been reduced considerably, Ezeoba said the navy received 91 alerts of suspected sea robbery and piracy, out of which it responded to 64 cases, while 22 were being investigated.

He said CNS Strategic 01 medium term projects helped in the elimination of crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities, adding that it also put in place a robust anti-piracy survelliance.

Posted December 28, 2013 by rrts in -NEWS

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