Operatives of the Nigerian Army have arrested group of saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector in Southern Nigeria.
Furthermore, the NA uncovered illegal bunkerers’ camps in Imo and Delta States, intercepted boat and vehicle ladens with illegal oil products.
The illegal refinery in Obokofia Community in Imo State was discovered during an anti-oil theft operation by military of 343 Artillery Regiment on Monday, 28 August, 2023.
Intercepted items in the vigilant crackdown were 15 sacks and 13 Jerry cans of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camp. The troops also recovered two Pumping machines, three power generators, one hose and a tool box used for hacking into oil pipelines.
Moreover, soldiers of 3 Battalion clamped down on an active illegal oil refining site containing three cooking ovens and six reservoirs at Enokora Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
In a related operation, troops conducting anti oil theft operations, on 29 August 2023, intercepted a wooden boat loaded with 110 sacks of illegally refined AGO concealed in the creeks of Egbema West in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State. The vigilant troops equally intercepted two vehicles loaded with 18 sacks of illegally refined AGO within the same general area.
The Nigerian Army enjoined members of the public to report any suspicious act of criminality in their neighbourhood to security agencies to curb economic sabotage in the country.