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NNPC uncovers 122 illegal refineries in Niger Delta



The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has announced that it has discovered a total of 122 illegal oil refining sites across the Niger Delta region in the past week.

This was disclosed in a documentary released on Tuesday, May 28. According to the state-owned company, 65 illegal pipeline connections were uncovered and removed within the past week in Rivers and other states in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

The 122 illegal refineries were spotted at Tomble II, III, IV, Umuajuloke, Rivers State as well as Oporomor III, Eduwini, and Ajatiton in Bayelsa State.

Vandalised well heads were reportedly discovered in Tomble IV, Rivers and Egbema in Imo State. A pit filled with crude oil from a vandalised wellhead was also discovered.

Five illegal storage sites were sighted with oil stored in sacks, pits, cans and a filling station. A total of 20 vehicles, including a tanker, were seized in Delta and Imo states, while 29 boats transporting crude oil or illegally refined products were confiscated across several creeks in Bayelsa and Delta states. It was said that 33 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incidents.

A filling station was also sealed for selling illegally refined fuel to motorist in Akwa Ibom State. The filling station selling illegally refined fuel was uncovered at Grey Creek in Akwa Ibom State.

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