Issues of illegal refinery and crude oil theft are ongoing and even on a daily basis in the southern part of Nigeria. 

Illegal refineries have continued to spring up daily, with the Nigerian Navy trying to totally end the trend.

On Friday, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar said it had destroyed illegal refineries within its area of responsibility.

Rear Adm. Victor Adedipe, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), ENC, told reporters of the development while decorating two senior officers.

Adedipe decorated Captain Mary Adetola, the fourth female officer in the Nigerian Navy to become a Commodore in the Nursing unit alongside Lt.-Commander Mohammad Zakariya, who was also promoted to Commander.

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However, the FOC said that 2017 had been a successful year for the command.

"We have done quite a lot in 2017, whenever this illegal refineries spring up and we discover them; we shut them down on a daily basis.

"We have equally arrested quite a number of criminals at sea who were terrorising ships and other vessels that were traversing our maritime environment.

"We have some challenges; we still have inadequate platforms and logistic challenges. But, within the constraint of what is provided, we will continue to function very well,’" he said.

The FOC congratulated the newly decorated senior officers and urged them to see their promotion as a call to higher service.

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