Over 100 Illegal Refineries Uncovered on Nigeria Rivers

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About 112 illegal refineries have been uncovered in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Chairman of the council, Samuel Nwanosike, told Channels Television that 99 percent of the discoveries were made in a particular community located along the OML 17 trunk lines.

The development comes on the heels of the recent efforts by the State Government to bring an end to the economic sabotage brought as a result of the illegal refineries, as well as the health implications resulting from soot pollution.

THEWILL reports that Governor Nyesom Wike had pledged N460 million to the 23 local governments area chairmen to fight oil bunkering in the state.

This implies that each chairman will receive N20 million to destroy illegal refinery sites that have been identified in their respective council areas.

Wike made this pledge last Wednesday when he met with the local governments chairmen, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Friday Eboka, and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aliyu Bature.

“All of you should hire bulldozers and clear all those creeks. The government will give you some money so that they will know we are serious. “Those of you who are from the riverine areas, I don’t want to hear it is the creek. Go and clear those areas. Apply to the state government, each of you, at least N20 million for a start to hire the equipment.

“That does not mean you will wait before you start. You must start today, tomorrow. CP, please give them the security to do this work. Don’t give them just two policemen”, said Wike.

This comes a week after the governor asked the police commissioner to collaborate with heads of other security agencies, the council chairmen and traditional rulers to fish out those involved in illegal bunkering and artisanal refining for prosecution.

Wike had accused those engaged in illegal bunkering and artisanal refining of being responsible for the soot polluting the air and endangering the health of residents of the state.

He also declared that the State Government had resolved to curb the activities of those involved in crude oil theft and refining once and for all.