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Security Agencies destroy 365 illegal refineries

365 illegal refining sites have been destroyed, with about 1,054 refining ovens, 1,210 metal storage tanks, 838 dugout pits and 346 reservoirs by the government.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this known on Friday in Abuja at a press briefing after an aerial surveillance of the Trans-Forcados oil pipeline in Rivers State.

In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Media, Segun Adeyemi, the minister observed that “the continued campaign by the Government Security Agencies have led to the arrest of 210 suspects and confiscation of 20.2 million liters of AGO, 461.8 thousand liters of PMS, 843.6 thousand liters of DPK, and 383.5 thousand barrels of crude oil”.

He also confirmed that many vehicles, crude mining and bunkering equipment, such as speed boats, wooden boats, trucks and tankers, were also confiscated.

According to the minister, private security contractors were also contracted to provide local intelligence on all illegal crude ventures within the region and security surveillance services for safe and seamless operations along the nation’s pipeline networks.

He also said the NNPC Ltd. has set up a Command and Control Centre for round-the-clock monitoring of petroleum operations and activities within the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed was accompanied by a team of journalists in a 90-minute aerial survey that started from the Port Harcourt International Airport to Rumuekpe-Rumuji-Rukpoku-Ebubu-Bodo-Bomu-Bonny-Ahoada and back to Port Harcourt.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu