Nigerian Navy Destroys Illegal Refinery in Ondo State

The Forward Operating Base of the Nigerian Navy in Igbokoda, Ondo State, has taken decisive action against criminal activities in the coastal region by dismantling an illegal refinery located in the Awoye community of Ilaje Local Government Area.

Commander Wasuku Alushi of the Forward Operating Base revealed that the operation was part of the navy’s ongoing efforts to combat crimes such as kidnapping, crude oil theft, and illegal bunkering prevalent in the area. He emphasized the importance of extending naval surveillance to tackle criminal enterprises operating within the riverine environment.

Alushi explained that the operation, launched under the directive of the Flag Officer Commanding, involved aerial intelligence gathering to pinpoint the illegal refinery sites. Despite facing challenges due to the complex terrain, the navy successfully deactivated the illegal refineries, effectively disrupting the criminal activities.

In addition to commending the traditional rulers for providing vital intelligence, Alushi called for continued collaboration between the military and local communities to combat crude oil theft and its detrimental effects on both the economy and the environment. He reiterated the navy’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that perpetrators face legal consequences.

The destruction of the illegal refinery follows previous efforts by the Nigerian Navy to curb similar activities in the region. Earlier discoveries of illegal refineries in the Araromi seaside area resulted in the seizure of a substantial quantity of crude oil, underscoring the persistent challenges posed by illicit operations.


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