The Director of Naval Information of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Adm. Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, said the troops of Operation Delta Sanity intercepted a total of 4,036.7 barrels of crude oil and 270,600 litres of illegally refined AGO (Automotive Gas Oil) valued at N1.05 billion within a single week.
In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, Ayo-Vaughan explained that the navy conducted the operations between Jan. 29 and February 4, 2024.
He said the operations resulted in the deactivation of 40 wooden boats, 55 illegal refining ovens, 49 reservoirs, 27 dugout pits, and 19 illegal refining sites.
The Navy deployed various platforms to aggressively patrol Nigeria’s maritime environment, with a notable operation conducted by the Navy Ship (NNS) PATHFINDER and three Naval Security Stations around Elem Krakrama Creek and Ke in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The senior naval officer added that the operation led to the interception of six wooden boats loaded with suspected stolen AGO and crude oil.
Similarly, the statement said that the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Formoso conducted operations in Bayelsa State, uncovering illegal refining sites and arresting individuals involved in oil theft activities.
Other naval bases and units, including FOB Escravos, NNS SOROH, and Naval Base Oguta, also conducted successful operations against oil theft during the specified period.
Aerial surveillance by the Naval Flying Unit in Port Harcourt revealed additional illegal refining sites and wooden boats suspected of transporting illegally refined AGO.
The information gathered during these surveillance missions was relayed to relevant units for further action.
The Nigerian Navy’s relentless efforts to combat oil theft demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding the nation’s maritime resources and promoting regional security.