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Army destroys over 120 illegal refineries in Niger Delta


Illegal refining sites in the Niger Delta.Photo/Twitter/HQNigerianArmy

The Nigerian Army has said it destroyed no fewer than 120 illegal refining sites in the Niger Delta, insisting that its action was in line with its mandate to curb economic sabotage and insecurity in the country.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, explained that following intensified coordinated anti-illegal oil bunkering and sea piracy operations within the 6 Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR), 46 illegal refining sites were destroyed.

Musa stated that 10 suspects were arrested while two motorcycles and 10 mobile phones were recovered, adding that the troops also arrested three suspected sea robbers at Foropa in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on April 26, 2019 with one locally made gun and three live cartridges.

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