The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has destroyed an illegal crude oil refinery in the state, a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Kayode Balogun said.
Balogun said that the facility was located at Iju-osun village in Irele Local Government Area
The statement adds that “The village is in a creek beside River Siloko that links Ondo and Edo states”.
The statement said the action was carried out following a tip-off from some residents of the area.
“The crude oil was being refined illegally on the seashore and later deposited in Iju-osun for evacuation by lorry, buses, and cars to various places through Irele and Ore road.
“About eight flying boats were seen ready to be loaded, while some were on the sea already loaded. All the items seen at the scene were destroyed,” it said.
The NSCDC said that a suspect was arrested with three boat engines, one pumping machine, generator, motorcycle and 20 jerry cans of 30 litres capacity each containing adulterated diesel.
It said that the suspect would soon be charged to court.
The statement said the agency also destroyed an illegal oil depot at Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area.
It said officials recovered more than 33,000 litres of adulterated diesel from the depot as well as 500 jerry cans of 30 litres capacity loaded with adulterated fuel.
It said the state Commandant of NSCDC, Popoola Bamidele, had reiterated the commitment of the agency to rid the state of illegal bunkering activities and all other forms of crime.