The various NN platforms deployed for OPERATION DAKATAR DA BARAWO, CALM WATERS II and TRI-PARTITE JOINT BORDER PATROL have continued to sustain aggressive patrols to curb the menace of crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering. Accordingly, several Illegal Refining Sites (IRS), metal storage tanks, wooden boats, dugout pits and ovens were destroyed between 13-19 June 2022.

On 14 June 2022, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) PATHFINDER in Rivers state intercepted and seized 2 wooden boats at Rumoparale within Port Harcourt channel. The boats were laden with about 200,000 litres of illegally refined AGO. Accordingly, the boats and products were destroyed. Similarly, NNS VICTORY in Cross Rivers state intercepted and impounded 3 wooden boats laden with drums of suspected illegally refined PMS around Ikang channel, suspected to be transported to Cameroon. The boats and products are in custody.  Also, Forward Operating Base (FOB) BONNY in Rivers State intercepted 2 wooden boats laden with about 400,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil at Iwokiri. The wooden boats and products were destroyed.

On 15 June 2022, NNS PATHFINDER arrested one wooden boat laden with about 450,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO at Choba within Port Harcourt Channel. The boat and products were destroyed appropriately. Also,  the patrol team located and deactivated an IRS which had 8 metal storage tanks with about 400,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 4 metal storage tanks containing about 200,000 litres of illegally refined AGO as well as one metal storage tank filled with about 50,000 litres of suspected illegally refined DPK. The products were destroyed accordingly. Similarly, NNS SOROH in Bayelsa State intercepted a wooden boat laden with about 60,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO. The boat and contents were destroyed.

Also, a reactivated IRS at Okubotuwo Camp, Brass LGA was discovered with one oven, one dug-out pit, and 3 metal tanks cumulatively filled with about 40,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO and 10,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil. Additionally, a wooden boat containing unspecified quantity of crude oil was also discovered. All were handled appropriately. Furthermore, the team located and deactivated another IRS within same vicinity. The site had 3 metal storage tanks filled with about 50,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO respectively.

Additionally, one wooden boat laden with unspecified quantity of suspected stolen crude oil was discovered and handled appropriately. Relatedly, NNS DELTA in Warri, Delta State intercepted 2 speedboats cumulatively laden with about 2000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO around Isaba Community in Warri South LGA. Also, the team located and deactivated an IRS around Benett Island in Warri South LGA. The site had 15 metal storage tanks and 7 ovens cumulatively filled with about 25,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil
and 100,000 litres of illegally refined AGO.

On 16 June 2022, NNS DELTA located an IRS around Okpobene Creek in Warri South-West LGA. During the raid, 7 ovens and 12 metal storage tanks cumulatively laden with about 120,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and about 190,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO were destroyed. Additionally, an IRS around Koh Creek in Warri South LGA with 5 metal storage tanks, 2 ovens and 5 pits cumulatively laden with about 150,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and about 70,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO was deactivated. Also, one wooden boat was discovered and destroyed.  FOB ESCRAVOS in Delta State located a reactivated IRS at Agor in Warri Southwest LGA. The site had 3 pits, 8 ovens and 12 metal storage tanks cumulatively filled with about 215,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil which were handled appropriately.

On 17 June 2022, NNS PATHFINDER arrested and destroyed a wooden boat laden with about 60,000 litres of illegally refined AGO along Isaka Axis, Port Harcourt Channel. Also, NNS DELTA seized a Tanker and a wooden boat at a jetty around Oghara Market in Ethiope West LGA. The tanker was receiving about 30,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO from the wooden boat. Accordingly, the truck and boat were destroyed. Furthermore, 5 suspects and a wooden boat laden with about 70,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO were apprehended under Kiama bridge. Additionally, a Toyota Sienna Vehicle in the same location was seized. The suspects, vehicle and items are currently in the custody of NNS SOROH while the boat was destroyed accordingly.

In a similar development, an open truck laden with about 500 sacks of suspected crude oil was impounded without its occupants along new expressway in Yenagoa. The truck and its content were also destroyed accordingly. Similarly, an IRS at Emenudong creek, Ataba in Andoni LGA Rivers State was discovered and deactivated. The site had 4 metal storage tanks filled with about 250,000 litres suspected illegally refined AGO. Furthermore, the team discovered and destroyed a barge laden with about 200,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO and 2 wooden boats laden with about 180,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil.

On 18 June 2022, NNS PATHFINDER intercepted and destroyed a wooden boat laden with about 500,000litres of suspected stolen crude oil at Mingidukuri River and another wooden boat laden with about 200,000 litres of illegally refined AGO. Furthermore, on the same day the team discovered an illegal crude oil loading point at Eroton creek, Cawthorne channel with a wooden boat taking in crude oil from a well head. The boat could not be moved due to safety concerns. However, the Base established a guard post at the entrance of the creek to deny miscreants access to the well head. Furthermore NNS DELTA located and destroyed a wooden boat laden with about 20,000 litres of illegally refined AGO along Sara Creek in Warri Southwest LGA.

On 19 June 2022, NNS DELTA located 3 IRS around Opumami Creek in Warri South LGA. Accordingly, 2 metal storage tanks, 5 ovens and 7 dugout pits cumulatively laden with about 120,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil were destroyed. Equally, a boat was discovered within the vicinity and was destroyed. On the same day, the Base located and deactivated 2 IRS at Atumakiri. The sites had about 10 ovens and 15 metal storage tanks cumulatively filled with about 450,000 litres suspected illegally refined AGO and 350,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil. Furthermore, the Base intercepted and destroyed a wooden boat laden with unspecified quantity of suspected stolen crude oil in a creek at Adiakwo and Ugbunku.

In another development, Op CALM WATERS II (OCW) and Op TRI-PARTITE JOINT BORDER PATROL (TJBP) were sustained during the period under review. Accordingly, on 15 June 2022, FOB IGBOKODA in Ondo State intercepted and seized Toyota Camry with and a Nissan Primera along Mahim and Ugbonla junction Ilage LGA of Ondo State. The vehicles were discovered to be carrying a total of 84 x 25 litre jerry cans containing illegally refined AGO. The vehicles and products are in the custody of FOB IGBOKODA for further investigation.

The Summary of data and achievements of OPDDB within the period under review is as follows:

Crude Oil -  2,305,000 litres (11,820.512 barrels @ 120 USD    =     N594,335,343.36)

AGO - 2,642,000 @ N820                                                      =     N2,166,440,000

DPK - 50,000 litres @ N565                                                             =     N28,250,000

TOTAL VALUE OF PRODUCTS DENIED OIL THIEVES =      N2,789,025,343.36

Two Billion, Seven Hundred Eighty Nine Million, Twenty Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Three Naira Thirty Six Kobo only.

ARRESTS                      -        5

IRS                                 -        14

STORAGE TANKS      -        80

WOODEN BOATS       -        22

OVEN                            -        40

SPEED BOATS             -        2

VEHICLES                              -        1 tanker, 1 truck, 1 barge and a Toyota Sienna.

Signed

AO AYO-VAUGHAN

Commodore