At Least 112 unlawful refineries were came upon in Ikwerre Native Authorities Residence of Rivers Say.
Chairman of the council, Samuel Nwanosike told Channels Television that 99% of the discoveries had been made in a state neighborhood situated alongside the OML 17 trunk lines.
The invention comes on the heels of essentially the most up-to-date efforts by the announce executive to bring an terminate to the commercial sabotage introduced since the unlawful refineries, as smartly as the health implications on account of soot pollution.
Governor Nyesom Wike had pledged N460 million to the 23 local executive space chairmen to fight oil bunkering in the announce.
This means that every chairman will receive N20 million to spoil unlawful refinery websites which were identified in their respective domains.
Wike made this pledge on Wednesday when he met with the local executive chairmen, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Friday Eboka, and the Say Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aliyu Bature.
“All of you can absorb to aloof rent bulldozers, sure all those creeks,” the governor ordered the LG bosses. “The manager will give you some money so that they’ll know that we are severe.
“These of you who are from the riverine areas, I don’t deserve to listen to it is miles the creek. Trudge and sure those areas, educate to the announce executive, each of you, as a minimum N20 million for a launch to rent the gear.
“That doesn’t indicate you can wait forward of you launch. You deserve to launch these days, day after these days. CP, please give them the safety to entire this work. Don’t give them two policemen.”
This comes every week after the governor asked the police commissioner to collaborate with heads of different safety companies in Rivers, council chairmen, and ancient rulers to fish out all those all for unlawful bunkering and artisanal refining for prosecution.
He had accused persons engaged in unlawful bunkering and artisanal refining of being responsible for the soot polluting the air and endangering the health of residents of the announce.
The governor furthermore declared that the announce executive has resolved to curb the activities of those all for low oil theft and refining as soon as and for all.
Within the meantime, there were renewed calls to the Federal Authorities to provide modular refineries to curb the commercial sabotage.