Ilegal oil refineries in Nigeria thrive on illegal oil bunkering, stolen crude oil, and vandalism of oil pipelines and other installations. Without a doubt, these illegal oil operations are reprehensible and should not be condoned for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it is improper for citizens of this country to destroy oil installations in their bid to steal crude oil as feedstock for illegal refineries.
Secondly, it is lawless to set up any kind of refinery without going through the licensing process with the relevant government agency – Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR. Thirdly, it is most inappropriate for anybody, Nigerians or Foreigners, to steal crude oil belonging to the Nigerian State with impunity.
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