Nigerian Navy foils sea robbery, destroys illegal refineries in Rivers
The Nigerian Navy said it has successfully foiled an attempt by sea pirates to hijack a Merchant Vessel, MV UAL Houston around Bonny Fairway Buoy in Rivers state. A statement signed by Acting Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Navy Captain Suleman Dahun in Abuja yesterday said six suspected robbers boarded the vessel but were unable to access the ship’ s living quarters, bridge or machinery room as the ship was on lockdown by the crew.
According to him, “On sighting the naval patrol boat, the robbers fled. Preliminary investigations revealed that no crew member was abducted or any item stolen during the attack.”
In related news, the Navy also said its naval ship NNS PATHFINDER has discovered and destroyed 7 illegal refineries around Bolo Creek and Isaka axis in Rivers State.
Dahun noted that the illegal refineries destroyed at Bolo Creek had several storage tanks and 2 wooden boats laden with about 80,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 65,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
He added that the illegal refineries destroyed in Isaka axis had storage pits laden with 45,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil and 5,000 litres of illegally refined AGO, stressing that a patrol team deployed by the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Bonny arrested a vessel, MT LEADERSHIP around Onne axis for conducting illegal bunkering operations.