Troops destroy 47 refineries, arrest 65 suspects

The Defence Headquarters said troops of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have destroyed 47 illegal refining sites and apprehended 65 suspected oil thieves and other criminals in the last two weeks.

The Director, Defence Media Operation, Maj Gen Musa Danmadami, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the bi-weekly news conference on the operations of the armed forces.

Danmadami said the troops had sustained the tempo in the war against oil theft, illegal refineries, and other criminal activities through aggressive raids, patrols, and clearance operations, among others.

He said the troops recovered 186,000 litres of crude oil, 42,750 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, 4,500 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and 200 litres Dual Purpose Kerosine.

The spokesman said that 250 storage tanks, 220 ovens, 32 dugout pits, 31 wooden boats, and a gas welding cylinder, among others, were recovered.

Others include two gas burners, two gas gauges, two adjustable spanners, one pumping machine, and four outboard engines.

Danmadami said the troops also recovered 300 rounds of ammunition, 15 AK47 magazines, 211 mobile phones, three vehicles, and 100 wraps of a substance suspected to be cannabis sativa.

He said the troops had, on May 18, raided a suspected criminal’s house at Ibaa community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers.

“All recovered items and apprehended suspected criminals have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“Equally, it is worth mentioning that a total of N604.4 million was denied to the oil thieves.

“The air component, on May 18, conducted an air interdiction operation at Krakrama, active with illegal refining activities.

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“Accordingly, the location was struck, with several illegal refined products and equipment destroyed in the air strike,” he said.

In the South East, Danmadami said the troops of Operation UDO KA continued to clamp down on the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network terrorists, and other criminals in the zone.

He said the troops neutralised five terrorists and apprehended nine suspects, as well as recovered several arms, ammunition, and other items during the period.

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