Edo Police Command Destroys 40 Illegal Refineries
Edo State Police Command has set ablaze over 40 illegal refineries located at a forest in Egono village, Estako West Local Government Area.
Commissioner of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, who visited the illegal refineries site, revealed that the crude oil pipelines which run through the community are ruptured and a pipe is connected to pipelines, to pump crude oil to where it is being refined.described it as a monumental loss to the country’s revenue.
The refineries were believed to be owned by different individuals which have separate compartment for refining crude oil, kerosene, fuel and diesel.
The commissioner, who said six people were arrested at the site, wondered why those contracted to protect oil pipelines by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) failed to detect the place for many years.
Kokumo said he has contacted NNPC officials and the ruptured pipelines have been fixed.
“My policemen, on bush-combing, in search of criminals and kidnappers, stumbled on these illegal refineries.
“The activities of the operators have taken over the entire village.
“From what we have seen, they ferry the products through this river. My men have taken over the entire area. We have destroyed their equipment.
“The NNPC has on its payroll those employed for the protection of pipelines. I am surprised nobody knows about this.”