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.

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