Military nabs 21 pipeline vandals, seizes stolen petroleum products

The Defence Headquarters mentioned troops of Operation Delta Protected had apprehended 21 pipeline vandals and impounded N3.7 billion value of stolen crude oil and petroleum products in two weeks.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Musa Danmadami, made this identified at a bi-weekly information briefing of the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Danmadami, main common, mentioned the troops, within the conduct of operations, Octopus Grip and Operation Dakar Da Barawo, made the arrest throughout operational actions in creeks, villages, communities and cities.

He mentioned the troops additionally found and destroyed a number of unlawful refining websites, which comprised 493 dugout pits, 512 storage tanks, 413 cooking ovens and 59 wood boats.

In keeping with him, troops additionally recovered 4 tankers, two velocity boats, one generator, one outboard engine, 14 pumping machines and three AK47 rifles in the course of the operations.

“Troops additionally impounded 25,977.15 barrels of crude oil, 3.2 million litres of Automotive Fuel Oil, 26,575 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and a pair of,000 litres of Twin Objective Kerosine.

“Troops additionally arrested 21 pipelines vandals, whereas all recovered objects and apprehended oil thieves have been handed over to the suitable authorities for additional motion.

“Oil thieves have been denied a cumulative whole of N3.7 billion value of products comprising N1.3 billion value of crude oil; N2.3 billion value of AGO; N4.6 million value of PMS and N15.9 million value of DPK in the course of the interval in overview,” he mentioned.

Within the South-east, Mr Danmadami mentioned the navy and different safety businesses had sustained onslaught towards the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) to revive normalcy to the area.

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In South-west, he mentioned, the troops of Operation ATWASE had continued to clamp down on smugglers of contraband within the border areas, bushes and watersides in Ogun and Kwara States.

“Objects recovered in the course of the operations embrace 1,542 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit, 311 luggage of 50kg international rice and a truck loaded with substances suspected to be hashish sativa.

“All recovered objects have been handed over to Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun and Kwara State, for additional crucial motion,” he added.


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