By Anayo Onukwugha
The Nigerian Army yesterday uncovered a massive illegal bunkering site located at Makoba Beach, about one kilometre from the Rivers Port Complex located in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Commander of 2 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, who disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, said that 13 suspects were arrested at the scene of the illegal facility which is also about two kilometers from Government House, Port Harcourt.
Olabanji stated that the discovery of the bunkering site as well as the arrests followed the deployment of army operatives to the site following a tip-off, adding that thousands of litres of illegally refined diesel were discovered at the site.
He said, “About 16:40 hours on Monday, we got information that some illegal bunkering activities were going on along Makoba Beach. On arrival, our personnel discovered illegal activities which involved bunkering (of illegally refined petroleum products) and lifting of diesel to local boats.