Boys are not smiling.

You would think that illegal refineries no longer exist in the Niger Delta after the talks about legalizing them as modular refineries.

But it is far from it. The Nigerian Navy has made a startling discovery of six illegal refineries with the capacity of producing 4 million litres of refined petroleum products daily.

The refineries were discovered in Alakiri, Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.

Captain Victor Choji, who is the Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship called Pathfinder Port Harcourt, said this while destroying one of the illegal refineries on Thursday.

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“The refinery (in Alakiri) has capacity to produce one million litres of refined petroleum products daily, while the five other refineries have production-capacity of three million litres daily,” he said.

Choji said the refineries were discovered through intensive intelligence gathering and undercover operations by naval troops.

He said the navy deployed Swam Buggy machines to crush the metallic storages and its pipelines to make it impossible for operators of the refineries to rehabilitate the facilities.

But this makes one wonder if the skills of the illegal refiners wouldn’t be employed to make Nigeria’s moribund refineries work.

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