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Two arrested as Army destroy illegal refineries in Edo
3 Apr 2017
Country: Nigeria

Two persons have been arrested by men of the 4 Brigade Nigerian Army at an illegal refinery camp at Obazagbon village in Uhunmwode local government area of Edo State.

The large illegal refinery camp had several storage tanks for crude which was siphoned from a broken crude oil pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

There were other pipes used for distribution of refined products to tankers parked at far places.

Activities of the operators have caused environmental degradation in the forest.

Over 300,000 litres of crude oil and refined products were destroyed at the camp even as the operators had fled before the soldiers arrived.

One of those arrested was a lady who had gone to the illegal refinery with a truck load of gallons apparently to purchase diesel and kerosene.

Commandant, 4 Brigade, Brigadier-General Ibrahim Garba, who led the operation urged NNPC management to install sensors on its oil pipelines or use Air Force helicopters for their surveillance.

Brig-Gen Garba commended members of the public for providing information that led to the discovery of the camp.

Garba stated that the special force put in place by the army would not tolerate the sabotage of the economy by those he termed mischievous individuals.

He said his men would not abdicate its responsibility of ridding the state of all forms of criminal activities, economic sabotage, kidnapping, assassination and armed robbery.



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