NSCDC Destroys 156 Illegal Refineries In Rivers
Not less than 156 illegal refineries have been destroyed by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Rivers State.
The corps state Commandant, Muhammed Haruna, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Port Harcourt, said the illegal refineries were operated by suspected oil thieves.
He said, “Pipeline vandalism, oil theft, among others have been drastically reduced with stringent resistance through the gallant efforts of officers and men of the corps.
“Timely and intelligence reports within and outside the corps have been very useful. In the year under review, the command destroyed 156 illegal refineries across the state.
“Several dump sites and illegal refineries at Osaka creek, Cutting Channel creek and several other places were destroyed. The command impounded a total number of 21 vehicles conveying adulterated and vandalised products, 69 trucks, five barges as well as arresting about 140 suspects.
“In addition, a total of two vessels, two barges and 54 suspects were handed over to us by the Nigeria Navy for further investigation and prosecution. In the same vain Operation Delta Safe, which the corps is a component, handed over a total number of eight trucks, some buses, a boat and 27 suspects.”