… As Jibia LG seeks NCS’s intervention over 20,000 displaced persons***
Troops of the Nigerian Navy conducting Operation ”Dakatar Da Barawo” confiscated crude oil and other illegally refined products worth N2.7billion in June.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan in Abuja.
“The various NN platforms deployed for ‘Operation Dakatar Da Barawo, Calm Waters 11’ and Tripartite Joint Border Patrol have continued to sustain aggressive patrols to curb the menace of crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering.
”Accordingly, several Illegal Refining Sites (IRS), metal storage tanks, wooden boats, dugout pits and ovens were destroyed between June 13 and June 19.
He said five suspects were and the operatives destroyed 14 Illegal refining sites.
The Navy also said that 80 storage tanks, 22 wooden boats, 40 ovens, two-speed boats, a tanker, truck, barge and a Toyota Sienna car were recovered during the various operations during the period.
Similarly, Navy ship VICTORY in Cross River intercepted and impounded three wooden boats laden with drums of suspected illegally Refined Petrol (PMS) around the Ikang channel, suspected to be transported to Cameroon.
However, the Navy said, the boats, as well as the products, were taken into custody.
Vaughan said,” Forward Operating Base (FOB) Bonny in Rivers” also intercepted two wooden boats laden with about 400,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil at Iwokiri.
The wooden boats and products, he said, were destroyed.
Similarly, he said, the Navy ship SOROH in Bayelsa intercepted a wooden boat laden with about 60,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO.
Subsequently, the boat and contents, he added was destroyed.
In another development, Jibia Local Government in Katsina State has appealed to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to assist about 20,000 residents of the area displaced by bandits.
Alhaji Mohammed Lawal, the Local Government Secretary, made the appeal during a meeting with the Coordinator, NCS Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, on Wednesday at the Nigeria-Niger border.
According to him, IDPs who are presently displaced in part of Niger Republic and Katsina, are seriously in need of urgent Interventions by different stakeholders.
He added that some of the displaced persons were in the Niger Republic while some others relocated to parts of the state with their relatives.
Lawal said, “I could remember sometimes ago when we had a flood, the NCS provided assistance for the affected people, therefore, we also need their Intervention now.
According to the Secretary, the load is too much on the council to take care of them all, therefore we seek for assistance.
He added that since the reopening of the border, so many collapsed legitimate businesses were gradually picking up across the communities.
Lawal also commended the Federal Government, the NCS and other stakeholders for reopening the border, and assured of their maximum cooperation.