Navy deploys swamp buggies, destroys 1000 illegal refineries in Delta

The Nigerian Navy Ship on Wednesday said it had destroyed over 1000 illegal refineries with swamp buggies in the Delta creeks.

Speaking with newsmen in Warri, the Commander, NNS DELTA, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, said the illegal refineries were destroyed in the last 29 days in its ongoing raids.

He said the illegal refineries and the equipment were destroyed in Otumara, Ogbegugu, Okpuku creeks and Bennett Island with the aid of swamp buggies, amphibious vehicles used in traversing swamps. .

The Commander stated that they decided to apply swamp buggies because they are more environmental friendly and make it difficult for the perpetrators to resuscitate the illicit businesses after crushing their facilities.

Adding that so far, the exercise has been successful and they will not rest on their oars until the illicit trade is completely eradicated in  the maritime domain.

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It will be recalled that the navy had in the past relied heavily on the use of fire to destroy illegal refineries.

The commander said the use of swamp buggies would bring a lasting solution to the ongoing economic sabotage.

On Tuesday, the commander led some navy personnel and journalists to Bennett Island in Warri South Local Government Area of the state to monitor the operation.

He told newsmen that the oil thieves had adopted a new method to prevent his men from carrying out the operation.

The commander said since they started clamping down on the illegal refineries with the aid of swamp buggies, the perpetrators have been restless, adding that the saboteurs were already feeling the impact of the destruction.

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He warned the saboteurs to desist from the illicit act or be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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