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Military destroys 80 illegal refineries in the Niger Delta

By News Express on 07/03/2017

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 •One of the destroyed illegal refineries. Photo: Nigerian Army.
•One of the destroyed illegal refineries. Photo: Nigerian Army.

Troops of the Joint Operation DELTA SAFE have intensified raids against crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region with destruction of 80 illegal refineries across Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.

According to a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt by Major Abubakar Abdullahi, Co-ordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, in Bayelsa State, troops patrol around Obhoyohan and Ngiri Creeks in Nembe Local Government Area discovered and destroyed seven illegal refineries containing 150,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil. Three suspects were also arrested in connection with the illegalities, and are currently undergoing investigation.

He also said that while in Delta State, troops patrol around Sara Abileye Swamp in Warri South- West Local Government Area discovered a network of six illegal refineries made up of four storage tanks, two dug out pits filled with products suspected to be stolen crude oil.

In addition, another patrol at the axis of Ajoloso Creek in Elume community destroyed a camp housing eight illegal refineries.

Similarly, troops destroyed nine illegal refineries comprised of four ground pits and three metal tanks filled with product suspected to be stolen crude oil at Katu near Camp 5 in Warri South West.  This is in addition to seven illegal refineries earlier destroyed around Opunami Creek.

Another patrol conducted around Udu, Ughelli South Local Government discovered eight illegal refineries depot at Udu trailer park and destroyed 1,200 drums laden with 140 metric tonnes of illegally refined Diesel.

In Rivers State, troops destroyed other 10 illegal refineries around Bolo in Bonny Local Government. This is in addition to 25 others earlier raided at Creek 6 and Ijokiri in same Local Government Area.

“We appeal to all law abiding citizen to continue to support Operation DELTA SAFE operational activities with valuable information.

“All hands must be on deck to frustrate the activities of economic saboteurs.

“We also advise the sponsors and operators of illegal refineries to desist from the economic sabotage which begets environmental pollution and other social problems. Our troops would not relent until our mandate is achieved,” the spokesman said.

Source News Express

Posted 07/03/2017 05:32:15 AM


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