Troops destroy 81 unlawful refineries, arrest suspected oil thieves in Niger Delta

Troops of Operation Delta Protected have destroyed 81 unlawful refining websites within the final two weeks in Niger Delta.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, disclosed this on the bi-weekly replace on nationwide army operations on Thursday in Abuja.

He mentioned the troops additionally destroyed 254 storage tanks, 173 cooking ovens, 118 dugout pits, and 36 picket boats discovered on the websites.

Danmadami mentioned: “The troops additionally arrested 81 suspected oil thieves in numerous places through the conduct of “Operation Octopus Grip’’.

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“A minimum of 1.06 litres of crude oil, 391,000 litres of diesel, 11 vehicles, six tankers, eight pumping machines and three bikes have been recovered within the operation.

“Additionally they recovered two outboard engines, one tricycle, and 5 AK47 rifles loaded with 7.62mm particular bullets.”

The troops, in line with him, additionally raided a suspected gunmen enclave at Ebem Group in Abi Native Authorities Space of Cross River, arrested suspects and recovered arms and ammunition.

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