11 March 2012
•Replace those bombed by JTF •Local, transnational gangs rule creeks
THE Nigerian state may be in for a tough time as a very large part of the Niger Delta region is now ruled by operators of illegal refineries. The Niger Delta environment is being destroyed daily through spillage and disposal of waste from the crude refining across the creeks and waterways.
Pictures and videos of many parts of the creeks and waterways of the Niger Delta on Friday revealed increasingly sophisticated operations of hundreds of illegal refineries and bunkering sites along the over 5,000 kilometres oil pipelines in the region.
Sunday Tribune’s exclusive access to the dangerous creeks and waterways’ covered such areas as Imo River, Awoba area, Krakana, Bodo West, Bonny River, Cawthorne and Nembe of Rivers State with investigators confirming that worst cases were replete in Bayelsa and many parts of Delta State.