Joint security operations of the Nigerian Army (NA) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have cracked down on the efforts of oil saboteurs in southern Nigeria.
The operatives, who were said to be on anti-crude oil theft patrol, discovered the illegal bunkering sites in Owahwa and Tseleku communities of Delta state and intercepted boats, vehicle laden with illegal oil products as well as the perpetrators.
“Troops of 181 Amphibious Battalion conducting anti oil theft operations on Saturday 2 September 2023, cracked down on oil thieves’ camps in Owahwa Creek in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state.
“In the crackdown, the vigilant troops discovered 12 active illegal refining sites, 60 crude oil cooking ovens, 14 reservoirs, 6 wooden boats laden with stolen crude and 470 sacks of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camps,” Army spokesperson stated.
He continued, “Relatedly, same troops also intercepted a vehicle conveying 25 polytene bags of suspected illegally refined AGO in Ogbodu Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Moreover, on September 2, 2023, the gallant troops of the 3 Battalion intercepted two wooden boats ladened with stolen crude in Tsekelewu, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta state.
The statement read further: “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 please implored to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.”