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Economic Sabotage: Navy Destroys 289 Illegal Refineries, Wooden Boats, Others

…as CNS grants Ops Delta Sanity 90 days’ extension

The Nigerian Navy has said that no fewer than 122 Illegal refinery sites, 57 wooden boats, 45 dugout pits, and 65 storage tanks were “deactivated” by troops of Operation Delta Sanity in the Niger Delta general area, between April and July.

This is as the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, has granted a 90-day extension to the Operation saddled with the mandate of containing crude oil theft, and other acts of economic sabotage in the South-South theatre.

A statement signed by the Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, reads: “The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla has extended the Nigerian Navy’s Operation Delta Sanity by 90 days.

“Operation Delta Sanity was launched on 6 January 2024 to combat oil theft and related crimes. This is in line with the President and Commander-in-Chief’s directive to eradicate crude oil theft and ramp up Nigeria’s production for an improved economy.

“Accordingly, OPERATION DELTA SANITY involved the deployment of personnel, platforms, helicopters and UAVs on aggressive surveillance and interdiction operations across the Niger Delta area. The successes were immediate and remarkable including the recovery of massive quantities of stolen products, the dismantling of Illegal Refining Sites, the arrest of suspects and the seizure of stolen products. Hence, the Operation was extended in April 2024 for 90 days.

“While assessing the achievements of the operation during a Press Briefing on Tuesday 9 July 2024, the Commander Task Group, Rear Admiral Samson Bura stated that since the extension in April 2024, a total of 22 suspects have been arrested and about 122 Illegal Refinery Sites were deactivated. Furthermore, large quantities of crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil were seized and appropriately handled. Also, a total of 57 wooden boats, 45 dugout pits and 65 storage tanks were deactivated while 6 vessels were arrested.

“Additionally, several items and equipment used in the construction of illegal refineries were seized. The achievements and successes of Op DELTA SANITY underscore the need for the operation to be extended. Hence the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla has approved the extension of Operation DELTA SANITY for a further 90 days effective from 10
July 2024”.

“The announcement was made on Wednesday 10 July 2024, onboard Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA at Onne, Rivers State by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral Olusegun Ferreira who represented the Chief of the Naval Staff.

“Finally, the Chief of the Naval Staff thanked the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his unwavering support to the Armed Forces in general and the Nigerian Navy in particular”, it concludes.

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