The Nigerian Navy says it has arrested 95 suspects, 132 wooden boats and deactivated over 200 illegal cooking camps in the Port Harcourt area during operation Dakarta Da Barawo .
The Commander, NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim, stated this during a tour of parts of the creeks with some newsmen
The tour started from NNS Pathfinder base Akaar road off Iwofe to Cutty Channels 2, one of the largest cooking camps in Rivers State, which took about four hours by sea, admist spilled oil all over the water.
Commodore Ibrahim said the Navy was working towards creating an environment free of abuse, as the illegal refineries were mere illegal cooking camps, hinting that the Service had already deactivated 215 of them.
Commodore Ibrahim remarked that despite the efforts to deactivate the illegal refineries, there was still a challenge of their vastness, as some of the sites were difficult to identify.
He however said with the help of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awaal Gambo, who deployed helicopter and so many other platforms to check crude oil theft, lots of improvement had been recorded.
Radio Nigeria noticed over fifty well head abandoned, some gushing out oil; and sought to know from Commodore Ibrahim if they could not hinder the fight against crude oil theft.
He responded in the affirmative and appealed to the international oil companies, national oil company like NNPC to join the fight by sealing them off.
Those who spoke with Radio Nigeria said It would be good if sister agencies and the community would collaborate with the Nigerian Navy to put an end to this menace of crude oil theft.