Navy discovers illegal depot with 5.3m litres stolen diesel in Port Harcourt

The depot is located opposite Liquid Bulk Company and few kilometres away from Saipem Oil and Gas Company and naval base in Rumuolumeni area of Port Harcourt.

The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, Commodore William Kayoda, paraded 32 suspects arrested during the raid on Friday.

According to Kayode, the operators of the illegal bunker site carried out their activities under the cover of the companies to deceive unsuspecting security agencies and members of the public.

During the raid, troops found over 150 Geepee tanks of 20,000 capacities and over 300 rubber tanks all fully loaded with illegally refined diesel.

Also, three 33,000 litres tanker trailers fully loaded with petroleum products believed to be stolen diesel were also impounded on the scene during the raid.

Similarly, about 10 large wooden boats popularly known as Cotonou boats , laden with product suspected to be illegally refined diesel, were impounded. One of the suspects who worked with the illegal depot, put the total quantity of the diesel at 5.3 million litres.

Kayode said the raid was part of a special operation code-named “Operation White Valentine” which targeted financiers and operators of illegal refineries and illegal bunkers.

He expressed optimism that the operation which began on Feb.14 and ends on March 14, would drastically reduce attacks on oil and gas installations in the area.

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