Security officials in Nigeria reported that they destroyed 748 illegal refineries in the region in the first four months of 2013. In addition to breaking down the refineries, the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta arrested 498 suspects who were involved in oil theft and oil bunkering. 55 suspected kidnappers were also arrested during the operations.
545 boats, 26 barges and 18 vessels were also seized.
Source: “Nigeria: Oil Theft – JTF Destroys 748 Illegal Refineries, Arrests 498 Suspects,” All Africa, May 7, 2013.