It has been reported that during 2013, the Nigerian Navy destroyed 1556 illegal oil refineries and arrested 1646 suspects related to illegal refining activity. 103 barges, 69 606 auxiliary equipment and 1443 large wooden boats were also seized by the naval forces. In relation to these arrests, it has been reported that piracy and sea robbery in surrounding areas has dropped.
To further aid with piracy problems in the area, two offshore patrol vessels are currently under construction. A third boat is being procured this year from the US Coast Guard.
Joint Task Force
Figures from the Niger Delta Joint Task Force (JTF) have reported that under Opeartion Pulo Shield, 1951 illegal refineries were destroyed in operations. 1857 oil thieves are also reported to have been arrested during the 1025 anti illegal oil bunkering patrols that were conducted over the last year. 81 barges, 1117 Cotonou boats, 82 tanker trucks and 1873 surface tanks were also seized by the JTF. It has also been reported that 39 760 drums of illegally obtained oil were recovered during operations. Sadly, six soldiers lives were lost during the raids.
Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.
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