A total of 15,775 liters of stolen crude oil were destroyed by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Igbokoda, Ondo State, over the weekend.
The base’s CO, Captain Wasuku Alushi, stated the anti-crude Oil Theft (COT) patrol squad carried out the operation. He assessed the worth of the products at N13,251,000.
The products were destroyed under the directive of the joint task force Operation Delta Safe on COT, according to Commander Humphrey Nnaji, who spoke on behalf of Alushi.
He emphasized that the crew had received information about illegal bunkering within the axis, and had then followed and intercepted a wooden boat called a “Cotonou” that was carrying crude oil.
“The wooden boat was intercepted around 12 nautical miles (NM) off the coast of the bordering Ojumole and Obe settlements in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. When they saw the navy, the crew abandoned ship and ran,” he explained.
He affirmed that the base will increase its monitoring within the axis as part of its ongoing efforts to eliminate the threat posed by COT and other crimes in Igbokoda and the surrounding area.