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We are working hard to eradicate crude oil theft, other related crimes -Navy

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The Nigerian navy is working hard to eradicate crude oil theft and end other related crimes in other to improve Nigeria’s Economy.

The Director of Information (DINFO), for the Nigerian navy, Commodore Adams -Aliu, in a release stated that, “The Nigerian Navy’s Operation Delta Sanity, was launched in January by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, aimed at combating crimes and other related Crimes at sea.”

He added that, “This is in line with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’ s directive to eradicate crude oil theft and ramp up Nigeria’s production for an improved economy.

“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 included the recovery of massive quantities of stolen products, the dismantling of Illegal Refining Sites, arrest of suspects and seizure of stolen products which has prompted the Naval Chief to extend the operation to 90days.”

The Commander Task Group, Rear Admiral Samson Bura added that, “since the extension in April 2024, a total of 22 suspects have been arrested and about 122 Illegal Refinery Sites were deactivated.

“Followed by 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 six 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.”

He added that Ogalla, who approved  the extension of Operation Delta Sanity , which took effect on July 10, 2024, was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral Olusegun Ferreira  for the announcement at the onboard Nigerian Navy Ship Okpabana  Onne, Rivers State.

The Chief of the Naval Staff expressed gratitude to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his unwavering support to the Armed Forces in general and the Nigerian Navy in particular.

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