Troops uncover illegal oil bunkering sites in Delta communities
Troops have uncovered illegal bunkering sites in Owahwa and Tseleku communities in the riverine area of Delta State. Army spokesman, Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu, who made the disclosure, noted that troops of the Nigerian Army (NA), in synergy with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), had continued to crack down on saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector in Southern Nigeria.
He said: “Troops of 181 Amphibious Battalion conducting anti-oil theft operations on Saturday, September 2, cracked down on oil thieves’ camps in Owahwa creek, in Ughelli South Local Council of the state.
“In the crackdown, the vigilant troops discovered 12 active illegal refining sites, 60 crude oil cooking ovens, 14 reservoirs, six wooden boats laden with stolen crude and 470 sacks of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camps.
“The troops also intercepted a vehicle conveying 25 polythene bags of suspected illegally refined AGO in Ogbodu Community, in Udu Local Council of Delta.
“In a similar operation also conducted on September 2, troops of 3 Battalion, intercepted two wooden boats laden with stolen crude in Tsekelewu, Warri North Council of the state. The troops also arrested two suspects in connection with the crime.
Both suspects and the illegal products have been handed over to NSCDC personnel attached to Tantita Security Services for further action.
“Members of the public are implored to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.”
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