NSCDC uncovers illegal refinery in Rivers


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps in Rivers State agents in Rivers state have discovered an unauthorized local refinery at Otamiri-Etche in the state’s Etche Local Government Area.

The corps claimed that sustained intelligence from its spies led to the discovery.

On Thursday in Port Harcourt, Michael Ogar, the commandant of the NSCDC’s Rivers State Command, revealed this to reporters.

Ogar stated, “I must confess that this is the first time of witnessing a well fabricated illegal refinery with such a wide range of pipes laid across the area.

“We were able to uncover this illegal bunkering site based on sustained intelligence. The perpetrators tapped into Heirs Holding Oil and Gas facility through the pipeline bulk delivery and siphoned crude oil through carefully constructed pipes to their illegal local refinery.

“We have commenced intense investigation into the matter, someone must have given out this expanse of land to the bunkerers.”

He mentioned that the NSCDC had a clear mandate to safeguard critical national assets and infrastructure across the federation, stating, “Without compromise, we will go after them and ensure that the illegal dealings in petroleum products is reduced drastically in order to boost the nation’s economy again.”

Operators of nearby refineries and those still stealing oil were warned by Ogar to leave the area or face the full wrath of the law.