• FG to scrap NNPC, DPR, PPPRA, others; to sell unprofitable refineries

    FG to scrap NNPC, DPR, PPPRA, others; to sell unprofitable refineries

    According to reports, the Federal Government’s draft National Oil Policy has proposed to consolidate Nigeria’s oil industry regulatory authorities into a single agency to be known as Petroleum Regulatory Commission, PRC.

    It will also scraps all other regulators, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, among others.

    According to the document released by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, last weekend, the new regulator will incorporate the activities of the existing […]

  • JTF rescues 12 hostages, destroy illegal refineries in Niger Delta

    JTF rescues 12 hostages, destroy illegal refineries in Niger Delta

    Troops attached to the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, OPDS, Friday rescued 12 persons from sea robbers and suspected kidnappers in various operations in the Niger Delta.

    Lt Col, Olaolu Daudu, the Joint Media Campaign Centre Coordinator of the task force fighting militancy and other crimes in the region, told journalists that the operations took place in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.

    He added that Troops of Sector one in Delta State foiled an attack on market women in Bomadi and […]

  • Military kills pirates, recovers weapons, destroys refineries in Niger Delta

    Military kills pirates, recovers weapons, destroys refineries in Niger Delta

    According to reports, the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to root out suspected criminal hideouts in the riverine areas of Delta, Rivers and Cross River states has declared war on pirates, killing about seven suspects, recovering different ammunition and discovering large illegal refineries.

    In a release signed by the Deputy Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Bayelsa State, Lieutenant Commander, Thomas Ogar Otunji, the task force also gave an account of the challenges they faced in tracking the suspected criminals in the […]

  • Stop destroying illegal refineries, regulate them – Rep tells FG

    Stop destroying illegal refineries, regulate them – Rep tells FG

    A member of the House Representatives, Mr Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, said rather than destroy illegal refineries in the Niger Delta, Federal Government should license and regulate them.

    He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the government should leverage on the skills of operators of the refineries to develop small outlets for refining crude oil for domestic use.

    Agbonayinma, who represents Egor/ Ikpoba-Okha Constituency of Edo, said that his advice to government became necessary at the backdrop of […]

  • Military arrests militants, kidnappers, destroys illegal refineries

    Military arrests militants, kidnappers, destroys illegal refineries

    It was gathered that the military operating in the Niger Delta under ‘Operation Delta Safe’ yesterday said more suspected militants had been apprehend.

    The military also disclosed that a kidnap attempt was foiled and some illegal refineries were destroyed in separate operations across the region.

    Three armed men suspected to be members of the Bakers Strike Force (BSF) including one Moses Okokon, were apprehended at Okon Mkpa community of Efut Esighi, Bakassi local council of Cross River State while troops stationed in […]

  • NSCDC destroys 15 illegal refineries, arrests 50 vandals

    NSCDC destroys 15 illegal refineries, arrests 50 vandals

    According to reports, the commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has said that the corps destroyed about another 15 illegal refineries and dumps in Rivers State and arrested 50 vandals.

    Muhammadu who stated that this additional 15 illegal refineries brings the total figure of destroyed refineries in state, under his watch, to 450.

    He commended the effort of his men and officers nationwide, saying that the pro-activeness of the corps’ anti-vandal squad in the Niger-Delta area and […]

  • NSCDC arrests 50 militants, destroys 15 illegal refineries

    NSCDC arrests 50 militants, destroys 15 illegal refineries

    According to reports, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, has arrested 50 suspected militants in Rivers State and destroyed 15 illegal refineries in different locations in the Niger Delta region.

    The NSCDC Commandant-General, Abdullahi Muhammadu, disclosed that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday night, during a special operation by NSCDC operatives in the state.

    The CG told journalists at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, that the suspects were being screened and profiled as part of investigations to know their […]

  • Sell The Refineries – MAN tells Buhari

    Sell The Refineries – MAN tells Buhari

    Frank Jacobs, President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration should privatise national refineries to make them fully functional and save money.

    Speaking with NAN in Abuja, Jacobs said privatising the refineries, if fully functional, would also help boost the economic situation of the country.

    “Government should consider privatising the four national refineries to make them fully functional to save money for other purposes,” he said.

    “Proper deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector will encourage private investment […]

  • Troops destroy illegal refineries, kidnappers’ camps in Niger Delta

    Troops destroy illegal refineries, kidnappers’ camps in Niger Delta

    The troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed 74 illegal refineries and some camps belonging to kidnappers and militants in Bayelsa and Rivers States.

    The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that the troops of the 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, carried out the operation during the ongoing “Operation Crocodile Smile.”

    Usman said that the troops destroyed the illegal refineries and the kidnappers with the use of ‘swan buggy and other specialist equipment.’

    Usman also aid […]

  • NSCDC destroys 450 illegal refineries, arrests 3000 vandals

    NSCDC destroys 450 illegal refineries, arrests 3000 vandals

    The commandant general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, said the corps has destroyed about 450 illegal refineries, arrested over 3,000 vandals and confiscated a lot of vehicles which were forfeited by the court and auctioned off since he assumed office in July, 2015.

    The NSCDC boss who stated this when he played host to the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, requested that the corps be assisted with arms and equipment […]

  • Nigerian Navy destroys illegal refineries in Akwa Ibom, Delta

    Nigerian Navy destroys illegal refineries in Akwa Ibom, Delta

    The Nigerian Navy in its continued crackdown on the activities of illegal crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals has raided an illegal refinery site at Ikoh Imoh Community in Akwa-Ibom State.

    During the operation, the patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE destroyed a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil, 103 drums of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and 2 motorcycles.

    Similarly, the patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA raided several illegal refinery sites along Jones Creek in Delta State, […]